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Gunner Kiel not on Irish’s spring roster, no longer with team

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The saga that is Gunner Kiel has taken yet another twist — likely the final one — as Notre Dame gets set to open spring practice.

The erstwhile Irish quarterback was not listed on the team’s spring roster released Tuesday morning, another in a long line of signs that he’s not long for the South Bend program.  At a preview press conference ahead of the opening of practice tomorrow, head coach Brian Kelly subsequently confirmed that Kiel “is no longer a part of the program.”

Kelly said a release from Kiel’s Notre Dame scholarship was finalized last Friday.

The confirmation from the team comes nearly two weeks after multiple media outlets had reported that Kiel intended to transfer from the Irish.  Those reports followed a couple of months worth of speculation that Kiel was leaning toward moving on from the Irish, even as the player denied in the run-up to the BCS title game that he had even given transferring a thought.

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, Kielcommitted 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.

After redshirting last season, Kelly said the door was open for Kiel to wrest the job away from Golson.

“We had created an opportunity for him to compete in the spring, so I was a little surprised from that standpoint,” Kelly said of the departure.

Along with Golson, 2011 starter/2012 closer Tommy ReesAndrew 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 this spring.

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21 Responses to “Gunner Kiel not on Irish’s spring roster, no longer with team”
  1. ncm42 says: Mar 19, 2013 1:21 PM


  2. ningenito78 says: Mar 19, 2013 1:58 PM

    Somewhere, Les Miles is chuckling….oh wait. No he isn’t. He’s dancing like an idiot in another insufferable, eye gouge inducing Harlem Shake video.

  3. mediocrebob says: Mar 19, 2013 2:40 PM

    Later Gunner. Welcome Malik.

  4. zurnvs says: Mar 19, 2013 4:25 PM

    This is not new.

  5. 666undead says: Mar 19, 2013 7:38 PM

    This guy is turning into Jeff George quicker than Jeff George did.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Mar 19, 2013 10:29 PM

    He’ll show up at some Jr College and get drafted by some dumb a$$.

  7. barbeaux says: Mar 19, 2013 10:44 PM

    Who knows what’s going on in his personal life. Best of luck to him

  8. mrlaloosh says: Mar 19, 2013 11:37 PM

    Mommy will make sure he stays close to home. Poor lil Gunner.

  9. bralinshan says: Mar 19, 2013 11:54 PM

    This kid is a prima donna that is used to having everything his way.

    First sign of having to compete, with nothing handed to him, and he bolts. Likely to a place where he can resume his quest for a job easily had…

    First, he committed to Indiana and then decided to break it. Then, he made a big deal about opening up his recruitment and eventually picking LSU. Finally, he de-commits at the last second from LSU and chooses ND. He was actually expected at LSU in class on Monday and didn’t show up. They didn’t know where he was…so, he handled LSU like an entitled brat.

    He then lasts all of half a year before he decided that Golson likely would be tough to beat out and he flees to destination unknown.

    The kid looks like a spoiled lightweight. A great physical talent that needs to roll up his sleeves and get to work…without expecting golden boy treatment. High School is over…time to grow up.

  10. marcinhouston says: Mar 20, 2013 3:12 AM

    His mom wanted him to stay close to home, but he will soon live at home.

  11. fnc111 says: Mar 20, 2013 6:58 AM

    Let’s be honest no matter how well Gunner did this spring he wasn’t going to be moved up the depth chart by Kelly. Kelly plays favorites. Malik Zaire won’t take a snap at QB ever- cant hit the broad side of a barn. Kelly better recruit a QB before he heads to the NFL.

  12. mediocrebob says: Mar 20, 2013 7:44 AM


    You’re clueless.

    Sincerely ,


  13. condor75 says: Mar 20, 2013 9:31 AM

    Is there anything in this guys history that would make think he can’t be trusted, hmm, anything? Think about it

  14. mvp43 says: Mar 20, 2013 11:06 AM

    Good riddance you baby. Les Miles was right………… don’t have what it takes to lead a program.

  15. foreverlsu says: Mar 20, 2013 1:31 PM

    Looks like Momma was the one with the chest afterall and I guess Les Miles was right all along.

    Gunner needs to enroll at St. Mary’s college so he can be named as the starter without any competition. No use for this entitled punk.

  16. 11inthebox says: Mar 20, 2013 2:34 PM

    All of you talking about “competing” for a starting job need to look at this realistically. Everett Golson got better each game last year.

    Towards the end of season, he was actually improving with each series. They finished the season undefeated. Does anyone really think any quarterback on that roster has a chance to beat him out?

    Kelly has made some intriguing decisions with his quarterbacks, but he isn’t stupid. He knows Golson gives that team the best chance to win. And Kiel, even though he’s really immature, was smart enough to recognize that too.

    We may not like the kid, but he made the right decision.

  17. foreverlsu says: Mar 20, 2013 3:45 PM

    So I guess none of the QBs on Notre Dame’s roster should stay there based on your logic. If you can’t start, there is no reason to honor your commitment and …oh yeah compete. Gotcha

  18. niubears says: Mar 20, 2013 4:48 PM

    Players decommit multiple times before signing their LOI all the time. It happens every year, from top prospects to the 1 star kids.
    Kid got crap for it because of some lunatic head coach making a big deal out of it.

  19. metalhead65 says: Mar 20, 2013 6:32 PM

    can it be dame fans who were on here bragging about getting 1 of the best qb’s ever when signed and dissing IU for not keeping him are now saying he was not that good and won’t be missed? and you wonder why people hate dame. I hope this big baby enjoys his stay at whatever division 2 or 3 school he will wind up at. he can then join clausen to see who was the most overrated dame recruit.

  20. suprmous says: Mar 20, 2013 9:37 PM

    This kid’s life is beginnin to sound more and more like a soap opera. If I didn’t know any better I’d swear he was playin all of the universities for fools. Geesh Louise, too he leaves new meanin to the word confused when it comes to tryin to figure out where he’ll land. He’s got more flight patterns than a Delta jet goin in and out of B’ham so it seems.

  21. dkhhuey says: Mar 26, 2013 8:21 AM

    Tate and Gunner – egos bigger than their talent and desire to put in the time to become better! The term you should probably get use to uttering is ‘Would you like to supersize that?’

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