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It’s official: Golson returns to Notre Dame

Dec 13, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

Brian Kelly, Everett Golson AP

After a semester in purgatory, Everett Golson has been readmitted to Notre Dame, clearing his return to the football program. Golson received the rubber stamp today, made official by Paul Brown, Notre Dame’s vice president for public affairs and communications.

“Everett Golson was readmitted this afternoon to the University of Notre Dame,” the one-line statement reads.

Golson won’t take part in the Irish’s bowl preparations, nor play in the Pinstripe Bowl. But he’ll rejoin the team for winter conditioning once the semester break is over.

Golson’s return, while expected, is still really big news for the Irish. He’s arguably the biggest one player addition in college football for next year.

“He’s probably our best recruit right now in this recruiting season,” Kelly told Comcast SportsNet. “That’s a five-star recruit for us.”

Golson spent most of his semester away in a small, one-bedroom, extended stay apartment. Sequestered in San Diego, Golson trained with elite quarterback coach George Whitfield for 10 weeks.

Whitfield has worked with Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. But this was the longest Whitfield had ever worked one-on-one with an elite quarterback. Mentor and pupil dug into the details of the position, working long and hard to turn Golson into a student of the game.

Catching up with Whitfield a few weeks ago just a day after Golson left San Diego, the high profile QB coach had nothing but good things to say about the improvements Golson made to the foundation of his game, working together daily on the basics of quarterback.

“That’s all the diligence right there and he took to it. He took to it,” Whitfield told me. “He just absorbs everything. That’s the longest I’ve ever spent with a quarterback in a one on one setting. We just came through a 10 week run. And he just absorbed everything.”

  1. viktory2013 - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Good man Golson! The 2014 season instantly looks brighter!

    Now just slap Rutgers around and we’re good to go!

    • dracon7115 - Dec 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      Hey Jack Swarbrick and Coach Kelly quick suggestions for Defensive Coordinator for job consideration

      Best DC Job Candidates: Very respectable Total and Scoring Defense Stats

      Kirby Smart – Alabama
      Pat Narduzzi – Michigan State
      Mike Elko – Bowling Green
      Jeremy Pruitt – Florida State
      Pete Kwiatkowski – Boise State

      • don74 - Dec 14, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Why would a currently employed DC with at AL, MSU or FSU leave their current position for a lateral to ND? It doesn’t make sense.

        If BK is going with an existing DC expect a young gun that needs more exposure to become a head coach or a premier DC in the NFL.

        All the major programs pay their assistants pretty well. I bet Kirby Smart makes as much or more than Diaco will make at UCONN.

      • runners00 - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        I would say that Pruitt, Smart and Narduzzi are moving — for head coaching jobs. They’re not going to leave for a coordinator gig because they are already coordinators.

    • jrct2450yahoo - Dec 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Would someone please explain to me why the contributors to this forum regard this guy to be the second coming of Tony Rice. Yes, he is better than Rees but really…

      • irishpuma - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:02 AM

        Because we are just waking up from another nightmare season performed by REES and we are excited to be awake and breathing with a legitimate pulse again.

  2. dbldmr - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    …and pay attention to the academics.

    • dickasman - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      lol. I dunno about this kid. hell of a qb but doesn’t come off as the sharpest tool in the shed. good thing he got big hands and 9 inches.

  3. fnc111 - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    It’ll be a challenge to keep him eligible through next December. Better get your back-up ready CBK.

    • steeldominance - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Im not sure why fans here get so excited about a lateral QB move. Rees sucked and so does Golson. Wonder what will happen in 2014 when Rees isnt there to save the day at the end of the game for Golson. Honestly think ND ends up with more losses next year than this year. Its sad.

  4. c4evr - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Did he teach him to throw using the threads on the ball??

    • bernhtp - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Actually, yes.

      • nudeman - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        Could throw with his entire palm on the point of the ball and he’d be better than …
        … never mind

      • bernhtp - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        … while simultaneously breaking free of a cop and jumping over a cab.

    • ndfaithful - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      the word is yes on that one.

  5. nudeman - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Borrowing a phrase here: “Our long national nightmare is (almost) over”

    TFG

    (Thank F’ing God)

    Keith and wisner, I know this is a sad day for both of you
    My sympathies

    • rjshan - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      This guy that doesn’t wear any clothes could fit right in with my family: first generation Irish Catholic that knows EVERYTHING especially politics and Notre Dame football; and one other thing he never admits defeat and he carries a grudge to his grave. A agree with him 98% of the time but I give him thumbs down just to piss him off.
      Merry New Year and Happy Christmas nudeman !

      • nudeman - Dec 14, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        I don’t know if that was a compliment of a roundhouse left that connected. Either way, you got me pegged. Also an Irish Catholic and there are kids from 3rd grade I’m still pissed off at.
        But I’m only 59.

  6. 25kgold - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    GOLDson being kicked off the team will end up being a blessing for him and ND! He received the best one-on-one training any QB his age can have! This wouldn’t of happened had he stayed at ND this season. Tony Rice said he’s going to be better than he was…We’re about to find out!

    • onward2victory - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      I’m not sure losing a year of playing eligibility was the best thing for the team. Really could have used him this year. But I get what you’re saying as far as him maturing and it could be best for his long term future.

      • irishfaithful666 - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:06 AM

        Yeah, I’m with you on this one. The best practice for playing in a game is to play in a game. When Peyton Manning missed the preseason it took him 4-6 regular games to get up to speed. I’m hoping Gholstein has a great spring and summer and gets on the same page with everyone else.

  7. paulhargis53 - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Which booster paid for his living in an extended stay hotel in San Diego?

    You mean to tell me this whole time he was concentrating on football?.

    I thought it was academics before sports at ND. You know what? If he wasn’t the starting QB, he wouldve been expelled from school, with no readmission. ND is no better than any other college when it comes to things like this. How hypocritical can you get.
    I anxiously await all the justification replies. If its really books before ball, and tour standards are so much higher than everyone else’s, he should have NEVER been readmitted.

    • mediocrebob - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      He has parents who both have jobs and didn’t have to pay for his college education. As for the rest of your comment, the fact that he missed an entire season after taking them to the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP and the whole thing wasn’t swept under the rug means academics do come before football at notre dame.

      I like you being around here Paul. Makes a lot of us seem so much smarter.

    • nudeman - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Paul … question here, to you and anyone else who knows:

      IF a booster paid for his living expenses, would it matter?
      He wasn’t an ND student or athlete during that period any more than you or I were

      I’m out on a limb here, but I’m thinking there would no impact on his ND eligibility

      • bernhtp - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        I never did get a full/clear answer from Keith on the NCAA rules for an expelled student. But given the ultra-high profile nature of this case, I have zero doubt that ND investigated every aspect of this in minute detail before readmitting him.

        For the same reason, my view on the Manti hoax did a 180 during Swarbrick’s news conference several hours after the revelation. My initial reaction was ‘of course Manti was complicit’ but then I saw Swarbrick go out on a limb in vouching for his innocence. No way he would do this without absolute certainty based on utmost due diligence.

      • dsharp86 - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        Although not a student, since he has eligibility remaining he would be considered a prospective student athlete or recruit, and therefore there are restrictions on the contact a booster can have with him. No booster can provide special benefits to him just like they can’t to Deshone Kizer.

    • mbannon92 - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      From the Notre Dame Honor Code, regarding the most serious level of violation (which one must assume this was):

      “The Committee may decide the offense was flagrant, which is a violation of an unusually grave nature, and in this case it may recommend permanent dismissal of the student or dismissal with the option for the student to apply for readmission to the University after one or more semesters.

      So no, he would not have necessarily been expelled if he was not the starting QB. Also, as THE Catholic University in the US, how would it look to show zero forgiveness and not give this kid a second chance? It’s God, then Country, then Notre Dame.

      • drdannddad - Dec 15, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        Gosh, as a high profile Catholic university, I guess the last thing we would want to mess with is redemption, forgiveness or second chances. So just what is it you want Notre Dame to teach and/or model, Paul?

    • domer1974 - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Paul
      I can understand the anti-ND haters having these thoughts.
      Just answer this question.
      How many FBS schools would EVER can their starting QB, destined for a breakout year, from the team AND the school? …………………………………I’m waiting………………………..I hear nothing but crickets.

      Can’t tell you how many folks thought ill of ND for being “naive” or “stupid” to take the higher road. And you still bash them. Yea, I know “norma” kids would likely not be readmitted, but looking at the whole picture, I still know ND standards are well above the rest. Hands down.

    • irishpuma - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:10 AM

      Hargis still a douche I see. Hypocritical? 3/4 of the other schools you say we are like would never have done anything to him and don’t even make their “student” athletes perform any type of study.

      As to your question it has nothing to do with football but having no compass or sense of honor I don’t expect you to understand.

      While attending ND I knew two people who were kicked out, suspended or whatever you want to call it, one for academics and one for other violations, both took a semester off, worked on their grades and issues and were then admitted back to ND. They did not play any sports or have any familly connections. They took their penalty and worked their way back in. It is the American way and the Catholic way and the right thing to do. Everyone deserves second chances now it is up to EG to see what he does with it.

      I take back my harsh words for you. See I gave you another chance right there.

  8. rdeal23 - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Nice bern! If u can’t get scramble away from sb po po then it makes sense that you end up with -62 rushing yards on the year.

  9. paulhargis53 - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    mediocreposter: If you’re lily white standards are to be believed, he should have NEVER been allowed back on campus. Cheating on exams is one of the absolute worst transgressions a scholar athlete can commit.

    The way this fanbase brags about how much better they are than everyone else, and how much higher their standards are, he shoyldnt have been allowed back.

    Your statement of it being swept under the rug is pure conjecture. That may have happened pre internet, but not so much anymore.

    I figured it would be you to be the first to wave the justification flag. You’re nothing but a hypocritical homer.

    You aren’t smarter than me, I showed my underwear who was boss yesterday, didn’t I?
    Once you sh#t you pants at work, and still finish out the day, you can say you are more intelligent, til then, I wear the crown.

    • nudeman - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      Paul, I’m not a fan of ND sanctimony anymore than you are, but here’s the weak part of your argument there: LOTS of other high profile universities knowingly look the other way when kids don’t go to class at all, have others take tests for them and make almost no progress toward a meaningful degree in 4-5 years. Remember Matt Leinart extending his USC career for a 5th year by taking Ballroom Dancing? Statistically most of those kinds of kids, regardless of how great they might be in college don’t play a down in the NFL. And of the ones who do, the average NFL career is < 4 years. What do those kids do after that dream crashes and burns and they have nothing to fall back on? Having been able to run a 4.5 40 when you were 21 doesn't help you get a very good job when you're 27, broke and no college education.

      ND isn't the only school who takes academics seriously. There are many others but they're in the minority. Stanford, Vandy, Ivy League, Duke, Northwestern, etc. Personally I applaud them for recognizing they have a moral obligation to emphasize academics. Wringing all the athletic contributions out of a kid for 4 years then saying bye to them not only without a degree but without any meaningful knwledge that prepares them for life … to me that's just selfish and negligent.

      So before you blast ND for letting Golson back in, do me a favor:
      Google "Sports Illustrated Oklahoma State" and read the 6 part series that was done. Gandy is no less intense than Kelly. And their fans are no less obnoxious than Irish fans. Just a different type of obnoxious. Then after you've done that, go on their board and ask them how they feel about the program they're running and how they feel about "graduating" some of those kids.

      Is ND 100% squeeky clean? Probably not. But they're WAY cleaner than 95% of schools.
      And as for the SEC, they should be embarrassed. Everything goes in cycles and this football exceptionalism era they have going on won't last forever. 20 years from now – or sooner – they'll be just another conference and a lot of their former football stars will be working at grocery stores, car washes, and fast food outlets.

      • bernhtp - Dec 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        Nude: it’s only sanctimony when it’s fake and hypocritical. It’s pride when it’s adherence to a positive ethos and identity. Of course, you understand this.

        Notre Dame certainly makes accommodations for its athletes. Top recruits often are admitted with a fraction of high school academic credentials of the normal student. They are given tremendous amounts of extra support in the way of tutors, enforced group study time, and even people tasked with ensuring they go to class. After that, they are much like other students: live in the same dorms, go to the same classes, take the same tests, do the same homework, etc.even though they spend extraordinary time and effort in their sport.

        There are few other FBS-level universities that hold similarly high academic and conduct standards for their star athletes. Stating this (obvious) fact can certainly be done in a haughty manner, but I don’t see that very often, especially among grads. Rather, it is only perceived as such because of the implicit comparison to their favorite school.

      • yogihilt - Dec 15, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        Nude= a man I’d sit and have a beer with..

      • nudeman - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Yogi … ditto to u.
        Bern … the only time I see sanctimony here is when people blast kids for choosing another school, invoking the “40 year decision” mantra. Fact is a if a kid has his head screwed on straight, he can get a great education at AL, USC, OR, TX, etc etc.

        All things being equal, ND is probably a better educational experience than those other schools. I don’t argue that point. But it isn’t a 40 year mistake if a kid graduates from USC with a degree in Business or Psychology.

        The big mistakes are the ones who go to schools like Ole Miss or OK State and don’t do squat academically. That is where ND, Stanford et al shine in that they don’t tolerate that crap.

      • irishpuma - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:13 AM

        Hargis still a douche I see. Hypocritical? 3/4 of the other schools you say we are like would never have done anything to him and don’t even make their “student” athletes perform any type of study.

        As to your question it has nothing to do with football but having no compass or sense of honor I don’t expect you to understand.

        While attending ND I knew two people who were kicked out, suspended or whatever you want to call it, one for academics and one for other violations, both took a semester off, worked on their grades and issues and were then admitted back to ND. They did not play any sports or have any familly connections. They took their penalty and worked their way back in. It is the American way and the Catholic way and the right thing to do. Everyone deserves second chances now it is up to EG to see what he does with it.

        I take back my harsh words for you. See I gave you another chance right there.

    • dsharp86 - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Why is Golson being readmitted after having sinned? We need not look far for answers.

      “Because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life! He was lost and is found!”

      “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.”

      “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

      Rather simple.

    • mediocrebob - Dec 14, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      Very original Paul. Medioposter. I get it…

      And while I agree that he should not have been let back in, his punishment was far worse than 90 % of universities would’ve done. You can say what you want, but if it were Braxton Miller, nobody would’ve heard about it. And if they were to discipline a big part of their team, fans would be irate. That’s the difference. That’s not saying that OSU is even a bad school. But standards are different academically at schools like OSU if you’re a good athlete.

      As much as you cry about Notre Dame fans, you’re just as bad. I understand disliking a football program. We’ll call it jealousy. But to try to attack this university for how they have handled this situation is absolutely absurd.

    • irishpuma - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:12 AM

      Hargis still a douche I see. Hypocritical? 3/4 of the other schools you say we are like would never have done anything to him and don’t even make their “student” athletes perform any type of study.

      As to your question it has nothing to do with football but having no compass or sense of honor I don’t expect you to understand.

      While attending ND I knew two people who were kicked out, suspended or whatever you want to call it, one for academics and one for other violations, both took a semester off, worked on their grades and issues and were then admitted back to ND. They did not play any sports or have any familly connections. They took their penalty and worked their way back in. It is the American way and the Catholic way and the right thing to do. Everyone deserves second chances now it is up to EG to see what he does with it.

      I take back my harsh words for you. See I gave you another chance right there.

    • buckshowalter - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      irishpuma is smarter than paulhargis53

  10. tony34343434 - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Not one major University besides the ones Nude mentioned, would even have mentioned what happened to EG. It would have be swept under the rug so i laugh at those who are angry he is being readmitted. We are a university first not minor league football and that is why it does mean more when we win.

    Look at Ohio state, USC, and Miami so many violations and the penalty for most of them was minimal.

    bama had HaHa clinton take money from a coach, got 2 game suspension.

    remember dexter manley went to Ok St. and could not READ.

    As an Alum EG deserved his punishment, as a Catholic i am glad he is forgiven and given a second chance. Earn this EG! Not only on the field but off, remember salvation not only comes with a belief in Christ but through good deeds! Get it done EG! GO IRISH!!!!!

  11. ajw21 - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    No way could a booster or alum pay for Golson. It would be like paying a recruit who has not signed.
    Go Irish!

  12. ndfaithful - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    There’s an interesting article about the cost, compliance, and other details of his training in San Diego here:

    http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/writer/bruce-feldman/24171196/mailbag-everett-golson-time-at-qb-school-fresno-vs-niu-jameis

  13. scottatnd - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Dear Bob Diaco, I am watching the Army – Navy game and I have one question for you. WTF??

    • andy44teg - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      I don’t think they cut-block each other do they?

      • scottatnd - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        Yes, they sure do.

  14. danirish - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Paulhargis53
    Point 1: Golsen was treated like any student or student-athlete at Notre Dame, case closed. YOu would be screaming if he received preferential treatment but instead you are what? Upset he didn’t get a more harsh penalty which would set him aside from the normal student-athlete? WTF?

    Point 2: Golsen’s family spent the money for his training, it was actually not that much. What, you think because he is some black kid he doesn’t have money? Kind of racist on your part. He’s from Myrtle Beach! Plus I am sure you posted angrily and often when Big Ben, Cam the Scam Newton and Jonny Football used Whitfield, must’ve missed your posts about them. Heck, I could afford the $8k for the training, why didn’t I?

    Point 3: Notre Dame’s punishment was similar to many high level academic schools. You can check me if you’d like but the same infraction at Stanford is failure for the class and academic probation.

    Point 4: Notre Dame is not sanctimonious, they and Golsen have kept integrity, justice and honor – YOU on the other hand, like all ND haters are the sanctimonious folk.. It is YOU that put these conditions on Notre Dame, YOU create this “value system” so you can claim they are betraying values. In fact, you are not interested in integrity, honor or justice, you want ND to suffer so you can laugh at a situation making you feel better about yourself.

    I love the fact that you visit this board (especially when you say how irrelevant ND is while posting lots!). It sucks you make some mad which is your goal but most of us find your inaccuracies and arrogance laughable – you’re like Baghdad Bob during America’s invasion of Iraq!

    Meanwhile in the BCS game, you have a qb who is praised and will win the Heisman while being a pervert, having threesomes while his girlfriend back home supports him and the other qb came from a JUCO because he was KICKED OFF a team for STEALING from his own TEAMMATES! Go bother the Auburn and FSU boards.

    Cheers
    GO (always relevant) IRISH!

    Welcome back Golsen! Hope you’ve grown!

    • heisenbyrg - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Dude, how can you know he trained with George Whifield, but not how to spell his name? Get in the game, guys. We can figure this out. G-O-L-S-O-N.

      • danirish - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        LOL, yep, his name is spelled all sorts of ways on the Net. Poor kid. Gholsen, Golsen, Golston…

      • mediocrebob - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:06 AM

        I thought it was Goldstein?

    • irishpuma - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:16 AM

      Hargis still a douche I see. Hypocritical? 3/4 of the other schools you say we are like would never have done anything to him and don’t even make their “student” athletes perform any type of study.

      As to your question it has nothing to do with football but having no compass or sense of honor I don’t expect you to understand.

      While attending ND I knew two people who were kicked out, suspended or whatever you want to call it, one for academics and one for other violations, both took a semester off, worked on their grades and issues and were then admitted back to ND. They did not play any sports or have any familly connections. They took their penalty and worked their way back in. It is the American way and the Catholic way and the right thing to do. Everyone deserves second chances now it is up to EG to see what he does with it.

      I take back my harsh words for you. See I gave you another chance right there.

  15. 25kgold - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Gol(D)son!

    Go Irish!

  16. 1historian - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong on this but – an expelled student is – an expelled student. He has no official connection with the university because he is (stop me if you’ve heard this before) – an expelled student.

    Ergo – it doesn’t matter who is paying for his training.

    • dsharp86 - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      Yes it does matter. If he has college eligibility left he is a prospective student athlete (a defined term in NCAA bylaws) and can’t be offered benefits by a booster from any university without jeopardizing his future eligibility at that school. A high school senior prior to national signing day has no official connection with a university either but a booster can’t offer them benefits. It’s the same situation.

  17. fnc111 - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Brian Kelly to Texas?

    • 25kgold - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      If Kelly leaves for Texas (which he won’t), we’ll have Jon Gruden on the phone quick!

  18. irishpuma - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    Chuckie will plump up bigger than Madden in the cold South Bend winters!!! Lock the dining hall!!

  19. paulhargis53 - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    No he’s not buck, if he was, he’d figure how to not make multiple postings. That’s like 3 times now. What a maroon.

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