Everett Golson admits he was kicked out of Notre Dame for cheating

Everett GolsonEverett Golson admitted in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples that he was kicked out of Notre Dame for cheating on a test.

Although initially hesitant, Golson did admit that he cheated, which led him to getting kicked out of school in March.

“Yeah, something like that. I mean that’s what it was,” Golson admitted to Staples. “I ended up using poor judgment. [It was a] test situation, yeah.”

Golson, who helped lead Notre Dame to the national championship game last season after going 12-0 in the regular season, plans to return to the Fighting Irish program. Though he could have transferred schools or gone to a junior college, he decided to try returning to Notre Dame.

“I felt like that’s something that I started that I didn’t want to run away from, go to JUCO or go to another school. I was going to face it,” Golson explained.

Golson, who was a redshirt freshman last season, has been working out with quarterback coach George Whitfield. He says getting busted for cheating was embarrassing.

“Immediately I started thinking about my family. I was more concerned about how my family would take it, me disappointing them.”

Notre Dame has gone 6-2 this season without Golson. Senior Tommy Rees re-assumed the starting job and has completed 55.3% of his passes for 1,944 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. His 143.6 QB rating is the highest of his career. The season hasn’t gone as well as last year, but it’s not like the program has completely fallen off without Golson.

Sports Illustrated will have more on Golson and his family’s reaction to his dismissal in this week’s edition of the magazine.

Everett Golson not transferring to Riverside CC, says Riverside coach

Everett GolsonEverett Golson is not transferring to Riverside Community College to play football, the program’s coach told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

The rumor of Golson, who was dismissed from Notre Dame for the year because of an academic violation, heading to Riverside began when Brad Hoiseth of JCGridiron.com tweeted that Golson was on the RCC campus during the week. Hoiseth’s tweet could have meant many different things, but the obvious implication is that he is interested in transferring there.

Whatever the case, RCC coach Tom Craft denied that Golson is headed to Riverside.

“I don’t know who’s putting that out there but it’s not real, that’s false,” Craft told The Press-Enterprise. “There’s nothing to that at all. That has as much truth to it as Tom Brady’s going to be our quarterback. It’s just not even close.”

Part of the speculation that Golson was interested in a Southern California school such as Riverside CC is that he supposedly has a girlfriend who attends USC.

Notre Dame has left open the possibility for Golson to return to the school for the 2014 season, and the redshirt sophomore quarterback said he intends to do so.

Craft has a strong reputation as one of the best junior college coaches in the country. His successful career at Palomar College helped him get the San Diego State job, where he went just 19-29 in four seasons, leading to his return to the JC game.

Gunner Kiel staying at Cincinnati; Everett Golson can return to Notre Dame in 2014

Gunner Kiel Notre DameGunner Kiel shot down speculation that he might return to Notre Dame in light of Everett Golson’s status change.

Golson, who started 11 games for the Irish last season as a redshirt freshman, is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame because of an academic violation. The change in Golston’s status sparked speculation that Kiel could return to Notre Dame despite transferring to Cincinnati last month. Kiel says he’s not going back to South Bend.

“I’m a Bearcat,” Kiel wrote in a text message to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“I don’t know what’s happening at Notre Dame, but I know Gunner is happy with us,” Bearcats coach Tommy Tuberville told The Enquirer.

While Kiel is staying at Cincinnati, it looks like Golson could be back with Notre Dame in 2014.

Golson wrote the following in a statement released by Notre Dame on Sunday.

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Everett Golson reportedly no longer enrolled at Notre Dame

Everett GolsonEverett Golson is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame, according to multiple reports.

WNDU first reported that Golson is not currently enrolled at the school. A spokesman also confirmed the news to the South Bend Tribune.

WNDU says the school could not comment further on the issue “due to federal and school privacy laws.”

Chicago Tribune reporter Brian Hamilton says Golson is no longer enrolled at the school due to an academic violation. Hamilton says the violation is believed to be something that will keep him out for the upcoming season.

Golson was a starter as a redshirt freshman for the Irish last season. He led the team to a 12-1 record and appearance in the national championship game.

Golson split time with Tommy Rees at quarterback, though he took most of the snaps. He threw for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns, six interceptions and rushed for six touchdowns last season.

Rees and Andrew Hendrix are likely to compete for the starting job if Golson is indeed gone. Highly-touted recruit Gunner Kiel would have been in competition for the job, but he elected to transfer to Cincinnati in April.

Tommy Rees starts for Notre Dame after Everett Golson benched

Tommy Rees started for Notre Dame at quarterback for the first time all season after Everett Golson was benched for a violation of team rules.

Irish Illustrated reported that “Golson’s team rule violation pertains to attendance at team meetings, or a lack thereof.”

The benching was relatively insignificant as Golson quarterbacked the Irish for the offense’s second series of the game against Miami after Rees led the offense to a three-and-out in their first series.

Golson, a sophomore from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has been replaced by Rees in two games this season. NRees led the team to victory in the fourth quarter against Purdue, and he came in to the Michigan game in the second quarter to lead the Irish to victory.

The measure of discipline seemed to be nothing more than a reminder to Golson to follow the rules.