Kelly confirms Golson’s return for bowl practice

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While Everett Golson‘s re-enrollment at Notre Dame still needs a rubber stamp, the quarterback’s imminent return to the football program has been confirmed.

During Brian Kelly’s weekly press conference, the Irish head coach spoke about Golson’s return to the football team, with the head coach confirming the plan to have Golson’s return for bowl practice.

When that exactly begins is still up for debate. Kelly acknowledged that Golson’s application for readmission is in to university brass, with the junior targeted to return to class in January.

“That application process has been submitted from what I know,” Kelly said Tuesday. “And decisions relative to admissions happen in middle of December.”

While Golson will be able to start practice before he starts class, what remains to be seen is whether or not Golson will be allowed to begin practice before the finalization of his re-enrollment is complete.

With the Irish’s final regular season game set for December 30th, a bowl invitation will likely be extended and accepted the next weekend. Official bowl practice could begin as soon as December 9th.

If the Irish end up selected for a game before Christmas, hardly a preference for Notre Dame with final exams not being finished until the 20th, the window to get any significant work out of Golson will be extremely short. So for this jump-start to be worth the time, expect any admission issues to be ironed out by bowl selection.

Whatever the exact date ends up being, after spending the semester training in both Chicago and San Diego, Golson’s season of academic exile appears to be coming to an end.