UPDATED: Notre Dame football bulletin: Golson's departure confirmed
SOUTH BEND — So convincing, so dramatic was Everett Golson’s growth as a quarterback this past spring, there was never a hint that he’d be anything less than Notre Dame’s decided No. 1 option at quarterback.
Suddenly, he’s a memory.
Notre Dame chief spokesman Dennis Brown confirmed late Saturday night that the junior-to-be from Myrtle Beach, S.C., is no longer enrolled in school. He cited student privacy laws when pressed for details about the Irish incumbent starter falling off the roster.
Multiple sources and media outlets are reporting Golson violated ND’s academic code. It is not known if there’s a trap door back in for Golson somewhere down the road.
Golson did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone late Saturday night. A Twitter account allegedly confirming the news — @E_GolsonND5 — is a fake.
Golson’s departure, permanent or otherwise, leaves ND just three scholarship options at the quarterback position for 2013. Senior Tommy Rees, the starter at the end of the 2010 season and almost all of 2011, finished spring as the No. 2 QB.
The others in the mix are senior Andrew Hendrix, who has played in eight games as a reserve in his career, and early enrolled freshman Malik Zaire. Sophomore-to-be Gunner Kiel announced he was transferring before spring practice even started. He landed at the University of Cincinnati earlier this month.
Senior Luke Massa, buried on the depth chart at wide receiver, came to ND as a quarterback and could conceivably move back to help with depth.
Irish head coach Brian Kelly was not immediately available for comment.
Golson had two seasons of eligibility at ND after the 2013 season, because he had redshirted in 2011. Rees’ eligibility will expire after this season. Hendrix, a pre-med student, potentially has a fifth-year option for 2014.
The Irish have scholarship offers out to four QBs so far in the 2014 class. They are Kyle Allen of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Brandon Dawkins of Westlake Village, Calif.; — former ND QB Jimmy Clausen’s hometown — Jacob Park of Goose Creek, S.C.; and David Cornwell of Norman, Okla.
Allen has an unofficial recruiting visit planned to Notre Dame June 10-11.
Golson enrolled early in January of 2011, hoping to challenge for the quarterback job as a freshman and even walk on to ND’s men’s basketball team as a point guard. He had led Myrtle Beach High School to state championships in both sports.
But the sixth-most prolific TD passer in American high school history (151) when he graduated never could climb the depth chart that first season. His in-practice struggles coupled with a sluggish performance in the classroom landed Golson on the scout team for the second half of the 2011 season.
He began a four-man open quarterback competition the following spring realistically as the No. 4 option. By the time the 2012 Blue-Gold Game rolled around, Golson had put himself in the conversation to be the starter. By August he had climbed all the way to No. 1.
Kelly initially used a bit of a tag-team approach in the 2012 season, employing Rees as a closer. Rees also filled in for an injured Golson for the BYU game on Oct. 20 in what turned out to be a narrow 17-14 Irish victory.
Golson ended up starting 11 games in 2012, including the 42-14 loss to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 7 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Golson’s 10 straight wins to open his starting career stands as the second most in school history to Bob Williams’ 11. Golson also was first quarterback in school history to lead the Irish to road victories over top-10 foes in his first two respective road starts (Michigan State and Oklahoma).
On the season he completed 58.8 percent of his passes (187 of 318) for 2,405 yards and 12 touchdowns with six interceptions. He rushed for 298 yards and a team-high six TDs.