Sophomore quarterback Everett Golson plans to return to Notre Dame after serving a suspension in the fall for academic reasons, according to a university statement originally sent to ESPN and the Associated Press and later acquired by BlueandGold.com.
Junior quarterback Everett Golson will miss the 2013 season due to an academic suspension.
Notre Dame confirmed Golson was no longer enrolled at the university Saturday night. A source with knowledge of the situation said Golson withdrew from the school as a result of an academic honor code violation. He was not expelled, which allows him to get back on campus and on the team when his suspension is over.
“I have been informed by the University of Notre Dame that due to my poor academic judgment that I have been suspended from the university for the 2013 fall term,” Golson said. “I take full responsibility for my poor choices and will do all that is asked of me to regain the trust of my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the entire Notre Dame community.”
The Irish, meanwhile, will need to find a replacement for the upcoming football season. Golson started 11 games last fall as a rookie. He threw for 2,405 yards and ran for an additional 298 yards. The apparent choice to take over is senior Tommy Rees, who has started 18 games in his college career. Rees stepped in for Golson in a relief role several times last season and led the team to wins against Michigan, Purdue and Brigham Young.
Golson told ESPN in his statement that he understood the gravity of the situation.
“My parents and the community I grew up in have instilled values in me that have and will continue to allow me to be successful in the future,” he said. “There have been many lessons learned as I worked to become the starting quarterback at Notre Dame and each was a result of Coach Kelly's belief in me as an athlete and a person.
“At this point, I understand how my integrity could be in question, but I want to reassure my supporters that through this experience I will return a better student-athlete as well as a better individual.
“Lastly, I want to thank the University of Notre Dame for the opportunity already granted and also the opportunity going forth to regain my eligibility in the winter of 2014.”
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has yet to make a statement about Golson’s punishment or his absence. Academic privacy laws might prevent the school from delving in to much detail about the matter.