Golson speaks: Heart set on returning to Notre Dame

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Life changed for Everett Golson in May. That’s when Notre Dame’s disciplinary branch informed Golson that an honor code violation was going to keep him out of the university for the fall semester, ending his ’13 football season before it even started.

It was quite a precipitous fall for the redshirt freshman quarterback. From a run to the BCS National Championship Game to an academic exile that would force him out of his dorm, out of school, and off the football field before a season with very high expectations even began.

Golson released a statement in the spring saying all the right things. He spoke to a local news channel in his hometown as well. But since then, we’ve heard nothing from Golson, other than the status reports that Irish head coach Brian Kelly gives us.

That ended today, when Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples visited with Golson in San Diego, where he’s been training with noted quarterback guru George Whitfield. And Golson cleared up any mysteries surrounding his departure, confirming the multiple reports that cheating on a test was the cause of his suspension.

While his teammates have played on this season, Golson talked about the difficulties that come with being forced to watch.

“I’ve never had so many mixed emotions in my life,” Golson said. “Just seeing those guys go out there and battle each and every week. Me not being a part of that, that really kind of hurts.”

Staples also asked Golson about why he chose to come back to Notre Dame, when he was free to play at a Junior College right away or transfer to another school. Even though he’ll lose this year of eligibility and have only two more remaining, he was resolute in his plan to come back.

“My heart was set on going back to Notre Dame,” Golson told Staples. “Not necessary to prove to anybody, just doing it for me. That’s something that I started and I didn’t want to run away from it.”

Here’s the video that SI.com posted from the interview.