Brian Kelly comments on Everett Golson's transfer to Florida State

IRISH STEW

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

On Tuesday, as former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson announced his intention to transfer to Florida State, just about everyone had an opinion.

Brian Kelly included.

"He wanted a fresh start and Florida State is going to give him that opportunity and I wish him great success," Kelly said at the West Michigan Sport Commission luncheon on Tuesday, according to a story by MLive's Peter Wallner. "I just hope they don't see us later down the road at the national championship game. I won't wish him success that day."

The sixth-year Notre Dame head coach, who also added that he has "great admiration for Everett," expanded on Golson's state of mind during his final spring in South Bend.

"We had about three and a half weeks left in the semester and he's focused on graduating," Kelly said. "And we practice in the morning and we have about two hours to get out there and practice and sometimes we look and think he's got all this time to think about it, and he really doesn't. He just reacts. He goes out like a football player and practices and then goes to class."

Golson, who also signed his transfer paperwork with Florida State on Tuesday, takes 23 career starts, 5,850 passing yards and 41 touchdown passes with him to Tallahassee.

But in the wake of Golson's exit, Kelly was also quick to look ahead, towards a new era with junior Malik Zaire under center.

"Malik clearly went through that phase of competition and it made him better," Kelly said. "...I really think he went through a phase where he got the competitive piece of it, which is really important in athletics, and now he gets a chance to go out and run this offense and I think we'll be better because of it."

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly (right) and outgoing quarterback Everett Golson didn't always see eye to eye, but so far their parting of the ways has been cordial. (SBT Photo/GREG SWIERCZ)