May 26, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT
Starting quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame.
The bombshell was confirmed last Saturday night by university spokesman Dennis Brown to multiple outlets, with local NBC affiliate WNDU the first to report the news. Two sources tells Inside the Irish that an academic violation is the root of the problem, and may not be confined to just the Irish signal caller.
Golson, who led the Irish to an undefeated regular season as a first year starting quarterback, now faces an uncertain future that also throws the Irish’s 2013 season into chaos before it starts. With rising sophomore Gunner Kiel already transferring to Cincinnati, the Irish will likely turn back to senior Tommy Rees, who started at quarterback for the majority of two seasons before backing up Golson last year.
It’s too early to know exactly what the ramifications are of this announcement. The possibility of a return, even as soon as the fall semester, isn’t necessarily out of the question. But precedent for this type of situation is especially harrowing for those expecting to see the South Carolina native playing for the Irish this fall.
Federal and university privacy laws have kept anybody from confirming anything more on Golson’s situation, but the loss of the quarterback is a huge dagger in the side of the Irish offense. After a slow start to 2012, Golson improved significantly down the stretch and looked primed to be the breakout star of Notre Dame’s attack. All of that is likely on hold now, with Golson’s future in South Bend unclear.
After having five scholarship quarterbacks entering the spring, the Irish now have a depth chart that features seniors Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix joined by true freshman Malik Zaire.