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Report: Gunner Kiel intends to transfer from Irish

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As Les Miles might say, Gunner Kiel apparently doesn’t have the chesticular fortitude for Notre Dame, either.

In a move that’s been speculated on for months, is reporting that the quarterback intends to take his leave of the Irish and transfer to a to-be-determined football program. No reason was given for Kiel’s apparent departure, although “odds of supplanting the starter who led the Irish to a near-perfect season” or “crowded and talented depth chart” would likely be at or near the top of the list.

Attempts at clarifying Kiel’s status for now and into the future have thus far gone unanswered.

In the run-up to the BCS title game matchup with Alabama, Kiel attempted to downplay the rumors swirling around his future in South Bend.

It honestly hasn’t,” Kiel said when asked if the thought of transferring had crossed his mind. “I’ve been more focused on the season and been more focused on school and other things that are more important to me.”

If the transfer speculation comes to fruition, it would be the latest twist to what’s been a roller-coaster ride for Kiel the past year and a half.

The No. 1 quarterback in the Class of 2012, Kiel committed to Indiana in July of 2011 before decommitting three months later. In late December of that year, Kiel committed to LSU… only to get cold feet two weeks before National Signing Day, reportedly in large part to pleas from mom to stay closer to their Indiana home.

On Jan. 17, Notre Dame announced that Kiel was a member of its Class of 2012 as an early enrollee.

Kiel, the nephew of former Irish QB Blair Kiel, participated in spring practice but was unable to beat out Everett Golson for the starting job. Kiel was the scout-team QB in 2012 while Golson led the Irish to a perfect 12-0 mark in the regular season and a spot in the BCS championship game.

Along with Golson, 2011 starter/2012 closer Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix and Malik Zaire will be a part of the quarterback competition beginning in the spring. Hendrix was a four-star member of Rees’ class, while Zaire, also a four-star player rated as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the country, is an early enrollee as part of this year’s Irish recruiting class who will participate in the spring sessions that begin March 20.

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30 Responses to “Report: Gunner Kiel intends to transfer from Irish”
  1. be4bama says: Mar 7, 2013 8:49 PM

    I hear he’s transferring to BAMA

  2. cometkazie says: Mar 7, 2013 8:57 PM

    The circus may have left town but the monkey is still on Gunner’s back. . . .

  3. foreverlsu says: Mar 7, 2013 9:00 PM

    Funny how things work out. Guess momma was the one with the chest.

  4. kiopta1 says: Mar 7, 2013 9:04 PM

    Can’t believe he would quit before spring when he is in position to be #2 at worst. Rumor is MAC.

  5. indywilson40 says: Mar 7, 2013 9:17 PM

    Just quit Gunner.

  6. thekatman says: Mar 7, 2013 9:42 PM

    The kid doesn’t want to compete for the QB job it seems. Some lackluster school will pick him up that needs a QB.

  7. normtide says: Mar 7, 2013 10:10 PM

    Foreverlsu- I like what you did there.

  8. dalucks says: Mar 7, 2013 10:10 PM

    Someone needs to teach kids how to read a depth chart. He never had a chance to play at Notre Dame given that there were 5 quarterbacks ahead of him with the starter being a redshirt freshman.
    Going to a school with 5 quarterbacks in from of you is only good if you want to hold a clipboard for 5 years.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Mar 7, 2013 10:11 PM

    Maybe he’s not as good as advertised. He’ll show up at some DII school and fade off into oblivion.

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Mar 7, 2013 11:13 PM

    Maybe Gunner will be transferring across the street to St. Mary’s College?

    All the grief that came Les Miles’ way, it sure appears he had Gunner pegged correctly. Coaches who have been at it for awhile, and have great success, can size up a young man quickly.

  11. cvilleirish says: Mar 7, 2013 11:22 PM

    Not that it changes anything, but Hendrix and Rees were in the same recruiting class, not Hendrix and Kiel.

  12. 1historian says: Mar 7, 2013 11:27 PM

    Good luck kid.

  13. cantarguefacts says: Mar 8, 2013 12:18 AM

    Back to IU? They brought in some serious weapons this year. 4th best class in the Big Ten, top 40 class overall. Those are huge improvements for that program. This will be an interesting choice for Kiel.

  14. theuglitruth says: Mar 8, 2013 12:35 AM

    Notre Dame was going to be a time bandit for him….you can’t get this time back…might as well go somewhere you can actually work on your craft.

  15. nuggets43 says: Mar 8, 2013 2:44 AM

    Good point, theuglitruth. Kiel would be a moron to stay at ND and be coached by a guy that has two undefeated regular seasons in the last four years and was recently courted by the Eagles.

  16. nuggets43 says: Mar 8, 2013 2:46 AM

    Oh and BK has proven over and over again that he will play more than one quarterback. If Kiel was good enough he would have gotten significant snaps in 2013.

  17. suprmous says: Mar 8, 2013 3:14 AM

    Now who among you is goin to call Les Miles crazy for what he had to say bout this kid? Seems to me a lot of folks owe Coach an apology. He was only givin his observation and now the kid’s beginnin to prove Coach right. As a firm believer in Coach I’ve gotta say I don’t put him on a pedstal but I’ll be damned if I’ll sit in judgement of him when his convictions become reality a lot of the time. Coach’s no better than anyother human, he does make mistakes but somethin told him that this kid wouldn’t make up his mind on a lot of things. Now I guess the puddin just showed the proof.

  18. fnc111 says: Mar 8, 2013 4:23 AM

    Kelly is a putz playing politics. Golson didn’t get ND to 12-0 it was the defense and refs. Kelly will bring ND back down to 6-6 with his trash tactics.

  19. gmsalpha says: Mar 8, 2013 6:59 AM

    I just read a few articles back that 4-Star WR Taj Williams from FL has committed to IU. I have to wonder if Gunner saw that as an opportunity to put Indiana back in play, where he will assuredly be the starting QB.

  20. buckeye1nation says: Mar 8, 2013 9:03 AM

    @suprmous- Miles didn’t make his comments until AFTER the kid decided NOT to go to LSU. As long as the kid was going to come to LSU he had the “chest”. Only when he decided he wanted to go somewhere else did Miles make the comments.

  21. florida727 says: Mar 8, 2013 9:14 AM

    Being QB #2 is a lot like being the second choice date of the homecoming queen. If he does transfer, I give the kid credit. Admit he doesn’t have what it takes to play a leading role at ND and go play somewhere else. The key word there is PLAY. If you’re a college athlete, the worst thing you can do is go through your career and virtually never see any game time. Kids just want to play.

    Big picture though: can’t argue with having a degree from a place like Notre Dame, can you? That’ll last you a lot longer than a playing career, regardless of where you go. If you’re not going to the NFL, be realistic and get a degree from the best place you can. Notre Dame is obviously one of those places.

  22. infrno says: Mar 8, 2013 9:20 AM

    Miles made those comments to a specific audience and they were never intended to be made public. This kid didn’t even tell anyone he wasn’t coming to LSU at first, he just didn’t show up for classes when he was supposed to. The reason it pissed off the coaching staff so much was because we lost a 5 star recruit directly because of this wishy washy kid. He took the last available scholarship for that semester and the other kid didn’t want to wait until the fall so he de-committed and went somewhere else.

    And it’s patently clear that Les was, in fact, correct. And of course he made the comments after the kid bailed, dummy. How stupid of a statement is that?

  23. metalhead65 says: Mar 8, 2013 11:52 AM

    cantarguefact- back to IU? can he play defense and tackle? then no thanks! he had a chance to be in on the ground floor of building a football program at IU and chose not to. they are doing just fine on offense and do not a self centered whiny overrated crybaby on the team. this IU team will going places soon and will be doing it without a over hyped dame washout.

  24. irishdodger says: Mar 8, 2013 12:54 PM

    Kiel admitted he didn’t handle his recruitment in a mature manner. I credit the kid for never badmouthing Miles after he made his classless comments. It happens at every school. ND lost a 5-star LB in this past class who did the same thing. Alex Anzalone decommitted tOSU, then decommitted from ND on the day he was supposed to early enroll (just like Kiel) and committed to UF. Just like these HC need to make the best decisions for their career, so do these 18-yr old kids. We all get pissed when our team loses a big recruit, but it happens to everyone.

  25. wabbitslayer says: Mar 8, 2013 1:43 PM

    I’m guessing wherever he transfers to will wait and have the welcoming party until after: 1) he actually shows up on campus; and 2) then proves he can compete with the OB they already have.

  26. foreverlsu says: Mar 8, 2013 3:55 PM

    …and wherever he ends up will be the FOURTH school he committed to in 15 months!

    Sounds like he wants a starting job handed to him instead of competing. In other words …he has no chest!

  27. cometkazie says: Mar 8, 2013 6:40 PM

    foreverlsu says:
    Mar 8, 2013 3:55 PM
    …and wherever he ends up will be the FOURTH school he committed to in 15 months!

    Sounds like he wants a starting job handed to him instead of competing. In other words …he has no chest!

    I agree but within the context of him being a high school teenager who has always been told how good he was. He found that what everybody told him didn’t count when it came to competing for a position.

    Unfortunately, this is all too typical of talented people. You could say the same thing about musicians and dancers.

  28. alligatorsnapper says: Mar 9, 2013 2:48 PM

    When Gunner did not honor his committment to LSU, costing LSU a 5-star QB in the process and then spoke in a private meeting about Gunner’s lack of “chest” the best line I heard came from southernpatriots patriarch who said, “He needs to sign with the Belles of St. Mary’s. At least they have something he doesn’t!” Ha.

  29. suprmous says: Mar 11, 2013 2:55 AM

    buckeyenation, you’ve got a lot to learn about LSU if you want to believe in what you said. It’s only AFTER proving himself that Coach would say something. And as much as it galls me to say it it’s the same way with proclaiming “the OSU” by players and former players. Only difference is there’s other schools that qualify as being the University of ……… without sounding cocky and arrogant like what it comes across as from the residents and former residents of OSU.

  30. flybirdhaters27 says: Mar 12, 2013 11:49 AM

    This kid would make a great politician. #waffling

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