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Stunner: Irish QB Everett Golson no longer enrolled in school

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Um, wow.

Just two months after the player Notre Dame recruited to be its quarterback of the future left the football program, the Irish’s quarterback of the recent past, present and presumably foreseeable future has apparently responded in kind.

According to multiple media outlets, and subsequently confirmed by the school, starting QB Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame.  No reason was given for the non-enrollment, and there was no immediate word on what if any future Golson has with the Irish football program.

“Federal and school privacy laws preclude us from issuing any further comment at this time,” a statement from the school read.

The move, especially if permanent, is beyond shocking.

Golson, in his first season as the Irish’s No. 1 quarterback, started 11 of the 12 games in which he played in leading Notre Dame to its first unbeaten regular season in more than two decades.  The lone loss with Golson starting under center came against Alabama in the BCS title game.

Both entering and exiting spring, Golson remained the presumptive front-runner for the starting job in 2013.  So much was Golson’s stranglehold on the job, in fact, that it played a significant role in former five-star recruit Gunner Kiel‘s decision to leave the Irish for Cincinnati prior to the start of spring practice.

Where this leaves the Irish at the most important position on the field remains to be seen.

And, obviously, we’ll have more on this out-of-nowhere story as it develops.

UPDATED 11:57 p.m. ET: In a bit of a clarification as to what reportedly led to Golson no longer being enrolled at Notre Dame, Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune wrote on Twitter that “an academic violation [is] behind the QB no longer being enrolled at #NotreDame, per sources.”

While the rumors of what exact academic violation Golson may have committed has been bandied about the vast expanse of the Internet, we’ll wait until something a little more concrete surfaces before diving into that end of the speculative pool.

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62 Responses to “Stunner: Irish QB Everett Golson no longer enrolled in school”
  1. badgerbuck says: May 25, 2013 11:06 PM

    Story of the year so far,sure there’s more to this then will be told to general public

  2. pdcooper08 says: May 25, 2013 11:11 PM

    Ya think? This is huge!!!

  3. tjg25 says: May 25, 2013 11:12 PM

    Oh my gosh oh golly gee. I’m supposed to care?

  4. jjpt4540 says: May 25, 2013 11:19 PM

    He was over rated anyway

  5. alligatorsnapper says: May 25, 2013 11:21 PM

    I bet Gunner Kiel wishes he had a little more patience and stayed a little longer. This is a big thing. Wow.

  6. voorheesma says: May 25, 2013 11:23 PM

    Cheater. SEC will welcome him

  7. patfic15 says: May 25, 2013 11:24 PM

    They were headed back to reality next year anyway.

  8. hoopsvader says: May 25, 2013 11:28 PM

    I knew many athletes who got the answers to exams all the time and this guy gets caught cheating. He went full retard. You never go full retard.

  9. normtide says: May 25, 2013 11:28 PM

    Still a stunner. How many QB’s do the Irish have now?

  10. wgray981 says: May 25, 2013 11:29 PM

    Meh who cares? They were gonna suck a$$ this year anyways.

  11. melkipershero says: May 25, 2013 11:30 PM


    Wait. You mean other schools cheat? Shocking.

    Enter the real world. There are no “clean” programs.

  12. ravenscaps48 says: May 25, 2013 11:40 PM

    Good Job, Golson…. Well Irish Fans. Dust off the Tommy Rees Jerseys….. This is just…. Awful. Here’s to 6 wins! Go Irish!

  13. irishfootball55 says: May 25, 2013 11:54 PM

    No specific details as to why Golson is not enrolled at ND. Foolish to jump the gun when he could be re- enrolled very quickly. Malik Zaire has a very similar skill set and since he is an early enrolled player his development should be ahead of the average freshman.

  14. mcjon22 says: May 25, 2013 11:58 PM

    He cheated on a final exam. SMH

  15. jimbo75025 says: May 26, 2013 12:04 AM

    Well this is huge. Wasn’t it about this time last year when Honey Badger went into full meltdown? Gotta believe Gholston got stone cold busted cheating on a final considering the timing.

    I said it all of last season, ND had a good 1 year run based on a great senior class on defense and a few on offense. Now, back to your regular programming of 8-4 seasons.

  16. burgandy2260 says: May 26, 2013 12:04 AM

    I’m guessing he became dispensable once they got a good look at Zaire. And any self inflicted issues he caused. I was wondering how they were going to handle Zaire coming in. I followed him through the elite 11 and new where he signed. Then you watch how Gholston improved through the season. Zaire better count his blessings cuz the spinning freshmen turn style may not stop!

  17. irishdodger says: May 26, 2013 12:16 AM

    It was reportedly plagiarism. Why couldn’t he get a DUI, smoke weed or evade the cops?

    The only good news is that we won’t have to see & hear the misspelling & mispronunciation of his last name. For the last time idiots…it’s G-O-L-S-O-N…not Golston….not Gholston….& not Gohlston! Where do they grow u illiterates?

  18. vincentbojackson says: May 26, 2013 12:19 AM

    Let me guess…he left ND because the story he made up about his fake girlfriend was about to break?

  19. gmsalpha says: May 26, 2013 12:26 AM

    irishdodger asks:
    Where do they grow u illiterates?

    I answer:
    The SEC! SEC! SEC!!!

  20. metroplexfrog says: May 26, 2013 12:27 AM

    Built in excuse for the domers.

  21. irishdodger says: May 26, 2013 12:33 AM

    Now it’s being tweeted that he flunked accounting which nullifies he rest of his grades. Since its academics, he can be on scholarship next year either.

  22. barnesaintnoble says: May 26, 2013 12:38 AM

    So ND throws Golson under the bus and basically is covering for Brian Kelly again. They didn’t have to confirm anything to anyone. The student who died when the elevated platforms were used in 70mph winds. The whole rape coverup scandal where the accuser committed suicide. The Manti Teo thing is just funny, those two things previous are not.

    Kelly would be fired at any other school that had some kind of ethics. At a private, Catholic (ironic, with what happened at Penn State) school? Nothing yet.

  23. andrewproughcfe says: May 26, 2013 12:48 AM

    So… you’re saying that players at non-SEC schools have academic requirements?

    Nick Saban thinks this is silly as hell.

  24. clemsonstillsucks says: May 26, 2013 1:05 AM


    Looks like the English majors you’re referring to are all ND grads…

    Except for Golson of course. There’s always the chance that the University of Phoenix will field a football team….of course he’ll have to play the game on an Xbox.

  25. clemsonstillsucks says: May 26, 2013 1:09 AM

    @ gmsalpha

    That’s really funny. What’s even more funny is that the Indiana locals heard that the National Championship trophy is made of crystal…and are now even more pissed that ND didn’t win it (a little help for you here – crystal meth…they’re pissed…ehhhh, nevermind).

  26. sinister23 says: May 26, 2013 1:19 AM


  27. kansacity88 says: May 26, 2013 2:01 AM

    Rumor has it, he got kicked out for plagiarism!

  28. draconian1111 says: May 26, 2013 5:30 AM

    They really didn’t belong in the title game last year anyway – completely overmatched.
    So…who cares?
    It was..however..a great joy for me seeing ALWAYS overrated Notre Dame getting KILLED by any team – and in this case, Alabama which DESERVED to be in the championship game.
    Yep – hate Notre Dame. They always get a special deal – and, they have to REALLY suck to not make a good bowl game.
    They were completely outclassed on the field against Alabama – they did not even belong there – Oregon would have put on a better show by far.

  29. draconian1111 says: May 26, 2013 5:43 AM

    Before we get into the “Notre Dame Cheats” thing – realize – all major programs cheat. I am a Nebraska fan – born and raised – and we have had a pretty good run of avoiding the NCAA. Does that mean I think we don’t cheat – ehhhhh….. Probably haven’t done anything too outrageous and been caught.

    There is just too much money involved in it – all – and I do mean ALL – MAJOR programs CHEAT – they do! It can be a little thing here or there – or a major thing – but there is just too much money involved to where SOMETHING will be outside of NCAA compliance. Too many students to really watch – it’s going to happen. The large issue is when the university doesn’t do it’s diligence about compliance.
    Too much money involved – competitive programs will “stretch” the NCAA rules – it’s how it has been for years.

  30. millersirish1986 says: May 26, 2013 6:54 AM

    Its not fixing grades, its not paying athletes and its not letting people sit in and take the test with everyone knowing thats not the person whose idea they have. Its one kids bad decision to think he could get away with something that a huge percentage of us thought we could one time or another. He cost himself more then anything and im sure he realizes it now.

  31. blahblahblah333 says: May 26, 2013 8:28 AM

    You you morons who keep saying ND cheats….It wasnt the school who cheated on a test, it was Golson. You hate ND, and thats fine, but get your info straight before you make yourself look more idiotic than you already do. And yes, ND did deserve to be in the championship game. Beating everybody on your schedule and ranked #1 puts you in the game. Pretty simple. Yes there may have better teams, but they lost a game or two. Alabama is the lucky one to have been in the game because if the the Buckeyes were not on probation they would have been there. Get your facts correct before bumbling all over yourself. Oh, oh, something happened at Notre Dame! I gotta hurry any make a stupid comment about it!

  32. blahblahblah333 says: May 26, 2013 8:33 AM

    By the way, the reason he is no longer enrolled at ND at this time is, he did not receive a grade in an accounting class, which forfeits all his other grades. Exactly what he did in that class to not get a grade has not come out officially yet because of privacy laws. I know some fans of teams have no idea what it means for their teams players to actually have to go to a class, other than football twirling, or guess his shoes size class, but try and find out the facts first before smashing the University.

  33. goodfieldnohit says: May 26, 2013 8:42 AM

    Dear Everett,

    You should have taken your college courses online.

    Johnny Manziel

  34. thegamecocker says: May 26, 2013 8:53 AM

    ND beat Oklahoma, Stanford, and USC. You can blame any one of those schools for ND getting into the NC game. ND upset all three of them on the field where it counts. As for Golson, check-out a recent ND player named Gary Grey…..he flunked out of ND but eventually was re-instated….I know his eligibility expired but not sure if he ever earned his degree. ND academic standards and I applaud them for that. I am no way a ND fan because they are treated differently in athletics than all other colleges and IMO, that is not right. Even with this built-in advantage, their program has been mediocre at best except for last season. Also, no one has answered for either Declan (scaffolding death) or Katie (suicide due to alleged rape by ND football player). Kelly should have been fired over those incidents IMO.

  35. dkhhuey says: May 26, 2013 8:57 AM

    Well this could get very interesting!

  36. cometkazie says: May 26, 2013 9:15 AM

    irishdodger says:
    May 26, 2013 12:33 AM
    Now it’s being tweeted that he flunked accounting which nullifies he rest of his grades. Since its academics, he can be on scholarship next year either.
    If you are going to cast aspersions about illiteracy, you might want to proof your posts better.

    Three errors in two sentences?

  37. amosalanzostagg says: May 26, 2013 9:18 AM

    Notre Dame cheats, what else is new?

    Advance a lie about a heart wrenching story about a player who lost his blow up doll girlfriend to advance a Heisman candidacy to help your struggling relevancy in college football. Check

    Sweep a criminal investigation and indictment under the rug in order to protect your football program from the taint of a felony being committed ON campus?
    Alums would hate that! Check

    This is what happens when you have kids who are not prepared for the rigors of the academics in college. You have pampered athletes who are used to getting their way in HS and when it comes to actual STUDYING and CRITICAL thinking, oops that was missed big time, so much for academic standards. Check

    Don’t worry about Notre Dame, some rich alum will come in and pay the University, er “donate their time to help a disadvantaged youth” to get him eligible for the fall ala Prince Shembo and his “girl trouble”. Check

    How does a Notre Dame football player flunk out of the “sheltered” programs that Notre Dame has for it’s “athletes”. Some tutor and GA are in trouble big time.

  38. seamus0317 says: May 26, 2013 9:51 AM

    Barnesaintnoble…you are an idiot! Exactly what did Kelly cover up with Golson cheating on finals?

  39. goodfieldnohit says: May 26, 2013 9:54 AM

    Too bad it wasn’t something minor, like rape. Because they would have let that slide.

  40. barnesaintnoble says: May 26, 2013 10:07 AM

    Haha..sure…you can’t read…but I’m the idiot. ND got a verbal commitment from a CA QB an hour before this story broke. I bet you think that is just a coincidence. You know, ND does not cheat and they earned the right to be in the championship game last season. Brian Kelly has really taken the integrity from Notre Dame. ND fans really need to step up and get rid of this guy.

  41. ninerfan81 says: May 26, 2013 10:25 AM

    Sick of these kids doing all they can do destroy their future, dude you’re at Notre Dame, how could you not pinch yourself everyday. Very disappointed in this guy.

  42. pmhaderlein says: May 26, 2013 10:38 AM

    What was he doing in an Accounting class? A Ballroom Dancing class would have been the ticket.

  43. florida727 says: May 26, 2013 10:53 AM

    When you play in the National Championship Game of college football, your highlights are shown on cable. When your highlights are shown on cable, you envision yourself an elite athlete. When you envision yourself an elite athlete, you have to stay eligible. When you have to stay eligible, you cheat on an exam to stay eligible. When you cheat on an exam to stay eligible, you get caught and thrown out of one of America’s premier educational institutions. Don’t get caught and thrown out of one of America’s premier educational institutions. Get rid of cable. And upgrade to Direct TV.

  44. therealpittbull says: May 26, 2013 10:56 AM

    If you think cheating on a test got him kicked out, you need to exam yourself. Notre Dame is on the rise, with too much money to lose, when they start losing again. All major schools have Profs on the payroll, simply for grading purposes, of its biggest money draws….The Football Program. There is some bigger behind this, like booster issues that will shortly come to the light. After Te’o, best believe every media hack has been digging, and finally got another Golden Domer Bone.

  45. myuratich says: May 26, 2013 11:08 AM

    It doesn’t matter who starts at quarterback. Notre Dame will still get to a bowl that it has no business being in, and it will still get embarrassed – just like it has in 11 of its 13 bowls since 1994. It’s only chance is when it gets ‘relegated’ to bowls that it belongs in, like the Hawaii Bowl. Thank NBC – an unbiased news machine (MSNBC, NBC News, nod the rest).

  46. IrishinCal says: May 26, 2013 11:32 AM

    Next, next, next man in. Who is the verbal commit from California?

  47. barbeaux says: May 26, 2013 12:03 PM

    I would’ve hung up the cleats as well after that BCS championship game versus Bama.

  48. youcantmakemepickausername says: May 26, 2013 12:06 PM

    I’m not a ND fan at all, and I’ll admit, before the BCS title game i felt like Alabama-Oregon would’ve been a better match-up than Alabama-ND, and after the game (check that, after one quarter), I definately felt that way.

    That being said, the idea that ND didn’t deserve to be there is absurd. Seriously, be honest with yourselves. If last August you looked at NDs schedule and someone told you they were gonna go 12-0, you would’ve A) asked that person for some of what they were smoking and B) said “ok, i’ll acknowledge if they go 12-0 against that schedule, they’ll deserve to be in the title game.

    I just don’t know how much should be held against them that every big boy team on their schedule except Stanford (USC, Oklahoma, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami) either underachieved or was overrated to begin with.

  49. jdubpark2 says: May 26, 2013 12:07 PM

    Am I the only one that sees an issue here?…everyone is claiming that ND is cheating…the kid gets caught doing something wrong and he gets dismissed from the university?…forgive me for being obvious but wouldn’t knowing he F’d up and then letting him stay be your issue to be concerned with?…WTF?…anything to bash ND…

  50. deadeye says: May 26, 2013 2:02 PM

    He finally got around to watching that tivo’ed Alabama/ND game.

  51. seamus0317 says: May 26, 2013 2:25 PM

    Exactly jdubpark2!

  52. footballleprechaun says: May 26, 2013 2:32 PM

    yeah if Golson were in the SEC and at Alabama
    Saban would be taking the test for him
    Notre Dame is what Notre Dame is
    not just another school
    you all know it and you’re without the stones to admit it

  53. thegamecocker says: May 26, 2013 4:38 PM


    ND has an advantage over every NCAA school. Are we supposed towel sorry for your school? This kid never had the academic fortitude to perform in the ND classroom. He should never have been accepted to the school. This kid took the place of a real student. And if he cheated it speaks to his character or lack thereof. Same with Gary Grey, another punk who had no business in a ND classroom. But what about Declan Sullivan and Katie, the you g woman raped by that animal football player, Prince Shembo

  54. amosalanzostagg says: May 26, 2013 4:54 PM

    footballleprechaun wrote on: May 26, 2013 2:32 PM

    yeah if Golson were in the SEC and at Alabama Saban would be taking the test for him Notre Dame is what Notre Dame is not just another school you all know it and you’re without the stones to admit it


    Alabama and SEC grads know how to punctuate paragraphs. Golden Domers don’t

  55. mazblast says: May 26, 2013 5:09 PM

    That megalomaniac Kelly needed a scapegoat for the way ND got trounced in the NCG. Golson gave him the opening.

  56. jrs45 says: May 26, 2013 6:54 PM

    He should’ve went to an sec team. He would’ve been an academic all-American!!!

  57. normtide says: May 26, 2013 7:10 PM

    He wouldn’t make the roster on an SEC team.

  58. cometkazie says: May 26, 2013 8:09 PM

    Funny, these illiterates trying to be literate.

  59. jdubpark2 says: May 26, 2013 10:22 PM

    Mr. Cocker,

    You have seen his high school transcripts I take it?…You’ve tutored Mr. Golson while he was at ND?…You, as well as I, don’t know anything about how hard this kid works or lack thereof…I’m not condoning his actions whatsoever, nor am I defending him…However I do believe that everyone makes mistakes and I do believe that everyone deserves a second chance…If he does what’s required of him as far as a punishment then the young man doesn’t need to be bastardized and not given a chance from here on out…If Shembo raped that girl, caused her to feel uncomfortable or ashamed in any way at all, his forehead should have an appointment with a hollow point, plain and simple…

  60. thegamecocker says: May 27, 2013 11:11 AM


    Maybe if he had a tutor he wouldn’t have had to cheat. I agree with you he may warrant a second chance in this case because he hurt only himself. He also hurt the team but at least this Irish Football players action didn’t lead to the cause of death of anyone. That probably belongs to Prince Shembo. Of course Kelly was in charge when Declan Sullivan went down….but he’s the HC….we can’t fire him, particularly after he lead ND to a NC game…….Golson probably won’t be back because he doesn’t have the academic where-with-all to be a ND STUDENT IMO. BTW, did Gary Grey ever graduate? I see not one ND poster has responded to that question. I think I know why……

  61. rowjax says: May 27, 2013 3:30 PM

    I’m certain you mean Gary Gray, right? Yes he did graduate. You apparently googled the wrong name.

  62. mmcconv1 says: May 29, 2013 1:54 PM

    What gets me is all of these analysts keep saying that ND is lucky they have Rees…. Clearly these guys have NEVER seen Rees play a football game.

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