There aren’t many people outside of the Notre Dame program and the Golson family who knows Everett Golson much better than George Whitfield – the quarterback guru who trained Golson during his academic exile from Notre Dame in 2012. Late last night Whitfield denied rumors that one of his prized pupils was looking to transfer to LSU as was reported earlier on Monday.
Reports of ND QB Everett Golson and other scenarios are simply UNTRUE. I've been in close contact with him & his family & he's a Domer!
— George Whitfield Jr. (@georgewhitfield) January 6, 2015
Whitfield wasn’t the only one to deny them either. As we noted in our post yesterday regarding the report in the Times Picayune, Golson himself took to Twitter shortly after the news broke yesterday afternoon with the Tweet below which has since been retweeted and favorited over 1,200 times.
Don't believe everything you hear..
— Everett Golson (@Everett_Golson5) January 5, 2015
As noted yesterday, even if Golson really wanted to transfer right now, he can’t do so officially until he graduates in May – after spring football. For that reason alone, if Golson has any intention of sticking it out and fighting to regain the quarterback position it looked like he would have a stranglehold on for 2015 as recently as October, it makes sense to deny any reports suggesting anything otherwise.
Right now it looks like the only thing that is known for sure is that Golson’s future and the future of the quarterback position for Notre Dame in 2015 are going to be two of the most talked about storylines in all of college football leading up to and through spring practice.
We also know for sure that things can change on a dime in college football. Six weeks into the 2014 season Everett Golson was not just a Heisman hopeful, he was one of the favorites according to just about every publication – Sports Illustrated, ESPN, CBS, etc – right up there with Marcus Mariotta. Fast forward a few months and Mariotta is preparing his Oregon Ducks for the national championship next Monday while Golson is dispelling transfer rumors on Twitter.
Before fans are quick to jump on the “good riddance” bandwagon as we’ve seen, let’s not forget that quarterback that had Notre Dame one terrible flag away from being 7-0 before the injuries and turnovers started mounting and buried the 2014 Fighting Irish. Let’s also not forget that despite all of the rough turnovers, no quarterback in Notre Dame history other than Brady Quinn has thrown for more touchdowns in a single season than Golson after his 29 touchdowns this past fall.
Everett Golson showed a glimpse of the immense talent we’ve all been waiting to see unleashed and if Brian Kelly can work with him to regain his confidence, the book of Everett Golson at Notre Dame might not have its final chapter written just yet and very well could still have a happy ending.
This is most likely far from the last such rumor we’ll hear this off-season regarding Golson and the QB position for Notre Dame. Buckle up for another long, bumpy off-season as Notre Dame once again will be center of yet another quarterback competition this spring.