In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Everett Golson took responsibility for what led to his semester-long suspension from Notre Dame and said he never considered bolting to another school.
Everett Golson talks with Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples about cheating last semester and his future at Notre Dame.
Golson said he “used poor judgment on a test,” and violated Notre Dame’s honor code last semester.
“It wasn’t due to poor grades or anything like that,” Golson said. When asked if it was for cheating on a test, Golson responded, “Yeaaahh, something like that.”
Golson said it has been difficult to watch the 6-2 Irish this season and that he felt he could’ve helped the team in losses to Michigan and Oklahoma.
He said he immediately thought of his family when Notre Dame informed him it was investigating an honor code violation.
“The situation kind of speaks for itself,” Golson said. “It’s very humbling.”
While sitting out the 2013 season, Golson has trained with noted quarterback guru George Whitfield in San Diego, an experience paid for by his parents. He passed up the opportunity to play at a junior college this fall and transfer to another school.
“My heart is set on going back to Notre Dame, not necessarily to prove anything to anybody — just doing it for me,” he said. “I feel like that’s something that I started. I don’t want to run away from it and go to a juco or go to another school. I am going to face it.
“I’ve learned a lot through this. I’ve matured a lot through it.”
According to the article, Golson will return to his home at Myrtle Beach, S.C., next week and has already completed the application for reinstatement to Notre Dame. If accepted, he will return as a student for the spring semester in January and take part in spring practice.
“I know a lot of people are more focused on me getting back on the field,” he said. “I’m more focused on getting back in the classroom. Because that’s where it happened.”
While working with Whitfield, one of the mechanical changes Golson underwent is the way he grips the football. Previously, he preferred not to hold it by the laces, but Whitfield quickly changed that style.
Golson threw for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2012 while leading Notre Dame to the BCS National Championship Game. If reinstated, he would be eligible for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.