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Amidst Irish speculation, Gunner Kiel says ‘I’m a Bearcat’

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Roughly a nanosecond after the stunning news dropped Saturday night that Everett Golson was no longer enrolled at Notre Dame, speculation commenced that former Irish quarterback Gunner Kiel could be on his way back to South Bend.

In fact, the esteemed John Infante went so far as to pen a post on how Kiel could, with little problem or effort, transfer back to Notre Dame from Cincinnati and play for the Irish this season.  Infante later backed off that stance a bit when reports surfaced that an academic issue led to Golson being out. “[H]e can’t get a scholarship anywhere next year,” Infante wrote on Twitter.

That, though, didn’t stop some in the media from running with the possibility Kiel would head back from whence he came, which prompted the player himself as well as his new head coach to at least attempt to throw water on whatever speculative embers remained.

In a text message to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Kiel stated flatly and succinctly, “I’m a Bearcat.”

First-year head coach Tommy Tuberville was also contacted by the paper, saying that the speculation is unfounded and he doesn’t see his new quarterback attempting to double back to South Bend.

“He’s really enjoying it here,” Tuberville told the Enquirer. “Gunner is enrolled with us, and we’re excited about having him. … I don’t know what’s happening at Notre Dame, but I know Gunner is happy with us.”

Kiel officially transferred to the Bearcats April 19, exactly one month after it was confirmed he was no longer a member of the Irish football program.  The former five-star recruit will be forced to sit out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, and will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.

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18 Responses to “Amidst Irish speculation, Gunner Kiel says ‘I’m a Bearcat’”
  1. thraiderskin says: May 26, 2013 12:05 PM

    I wonder if the NCAA will ever get rid of or atleast, greatly modify the transfer rules… Having to sit out a year for the chance to play is a little rediculous.

  2. cajunsammich says: May 26, 2013 12:12 PM

    Gunner please stay at Cincinnati.
    Everyone knows you don’t have the ‘Chest’ to play at a Big Boy school!

  3. jimbo75025 says: May 26, 2013 12:19 PM

    thraiderskin says:May 26, 2013 12:05 PM

    I wonder if the NCAA will ever get rid of or atleast, greatly modify the transfer rules… Having to sit out a year for the chance to play is a little rediculous.
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    Not really. The kid made a choice that was one of his first adult decisions and did not like how it turned out. His right to transfer, but a one year penalty is not the end of the world.

  4. mattacc31 says: May 26, 2013 12:25 PM

    thraiderskin did you ever think if the NCAA didn’t make players sit a year when transferring, college sports would go through a crazy free agency period every single year?

    I mean look at college basketball and all of the players that graduate and transfer somewhere for their senior seasons. It’s really getting a little crazy there the past 2-3 years. And that’s just with players that have already graduated.

    When you let ANYONE transfer to any school at any time, you are going to have a hard time finding any continuity in a sport where your roster has major turnover every year anyway.

  5. tmb333 says: May 26, 2013 12:31 PM

    Someone should challenge this rule in court. The schools should not have it both ways. Either sign a four year agreement with the player so they can’t be ran off when the coaches don’t want them or continue the same way as today but since this is a one year agreement, the player should be able to transfer and play right away.

    Continuity is not a legal standard for keeping a rule that disadvantages one party over another. Remember, they are student athletes not athletes then students. Perhaps coaches will treat players more fairly if the rule is changed. The ones that typically lose players are normally either jerks or oversign each year and then are force run one player off for this years next big thing.

    Either sign a four year guaranteed scholarship or let the players have freedom to move every year without penalty, like the schools do.

  6. thegonz13 says: May 26, 2013 2:01 PM

    “I’m a Bearcat… for now!”
    – Gunner Kiel

  7. youcantmakemepickausername says: May 26, 2013 2:14 PM

    I agree with the comments of jimbo and mattac. I know these were, ahem, unique circumstances, but go back and read tweets from Penn State players about what a zoo it became in State College about five minutes after it was announced that due to the sanctions, the players could transfer without having to sit out. It wouldn’t get like that at every school obviously, but it would still be a mess.

    That being said, it does kinda suck that a player could be sitting in his coaches office, and as the coach is telling him if he transfers he has to sit out a year, and then the coaches phone could ring and it could be the AD at another school offering that coach a job and the coach could leave and start coaching at the new school the next day. Apples and oranges i know, but still

  8. seamus0317 says: May 26, 2013 2:22 PM

    Understand why Gunner left but teammates would never trust a quitter.

  9. footballleprechaun says: May 26, 2013 2:35 PM

    Yep a quitter
    you have to have intestinal fortitude, confidence, and know that no one person is bigger than the TEAM how to play at Notre Dame

  10. dcroz says: May 26, 2013 3:22 PM

    tmb333:

    As I’ve before, a four-year guaranteed scholarship sounds all nice and warm and fuzzy, but it would ultimately be a disaster to college sports. If players know that they cannot have their scholarships pulled, then watch how many of them proceed to not even bother going to class or put out as much effort on the practice field/court as they would otherwise. And why should people on athletic scholarships get a deal that those on academic scholarships don’t, considering that those students are required to maintain certain minimum GPAs in order to keep their scholarships or lose them?

    And coaches don’t just simply run off players that can contribute to the team. If you want to play, then you have to compete for your spot. If you don’t do as well as someone else, then you may just lose it. You know, just like what will happen at whatever job they get once they step out into the real world.

  11. barbeaux says: May 26, 2013 9:13 PM

    ^that’s just stupid. So what if I don’t mesh with the corporate culture at job A? I go to job B and flourish cause job B is less micro-managerial. Free agency in college sports isn’t as disastrous as some people day. If a player isn’t good enough in one’s opinion to start at one’s team then who cares if he wants to go somewhere else? You have someone better, right?

  12. dkhhuey says: May 26, 2013 11:23 PM

    Son – pick your f@#$ing college and actually try to put in the work instead of trying to gain the starting position by your high school rep. This idiot hasn’t started one game and I can’t stand him. He is a quitter and a spoiled little brat. I love the fact that if he actually stays at Cincinnati – he may be the 2nd string QB in 2014 when they play OSU. He may have to step in the game after OSU crushes their starting QB!

  13. ningenito78 says: May 27, 2013 2:05 AM

    Ok usually I would say that ‘it’s a kid. Let him play where he wants to play’. But Keil can’t go back to ND and just start. And why the hell would his teammates want him back? He quit on them simply because there was a guy solidified in front of him. That’s a pussy, plain and simple. If I was a ND player I would rather Coach Kelly’s wife be my QB before this turd. He pussed out. It is what it is. All the power to him…he felt he was better off at Cincy for whatever reason and God bless him. But if I was a ND player I would rather be castrated than have this dousche come back on his white horse and lead me into battle. F–k you and the horse you rode out on.

  14. thegamecocker says: May 27, 2013 11:21 AM

    Gunner will need to speak with Momma before he decides where she, I mean he, will go.

  15. florida727 says: May 27, 2013 12:57 PM

    Not specific to this situation, but I do disagree with the sit-out-a-year thing. When a coach leaves a program, does he have to sit out a year before coaching somewhere else? What about an assistant? If you quit your company to go to another job, do you have to sit out a year before working there? Might not be Gunner, but someone, some day, will challenge this rule… and win.

    As far as Kiel “quitting” on his teammates, how do you think the team at Cincinnati feels about him? I doubt they’re calling him a quitter. Face it, whether you like it or not, or agree with it or not, he’s doing what’s in HIS best interest. Okay, so there’s a guy better than him in South Bend (or at least there WAS). If his dream is to play at the next level, why not go somewhere where you can PLAY? Not too many guys playing in the NFL that held a clipboard in college. Even if he left my favorite team, I’d say good for him, hope it works out. Everyone deserves a chance to live out a dream. Anyone stuck in a job because they HAVE to be there should understand that.

  16. redpillmindstate says: May 27, 2013 1:12 PM

    tmb333 had it right ….I’m sick of all the hypocrisy in college sports…Its basically a meat market that benefits the schools, their league(NCAA) and pro sports while confining the “student athletes ” to some type of academic moral integrity that the schools themselves have shown to be highly dubious when enforcing it upon themselves…Lets be honest they don’t attend your prestigious “Institutions of Higher EDUCATION” for a degree its about the ability to make more money in your chosen field of economic activity and that goes for everyone!…the real thing they are scared of is having to fork up more dough to compete at the top level for the top dollars and the “continuity of the program” is all propaganda so they don’t have to come out and admit that schools are scared of being preyed on by other schools and being locked out of the big money because they can’t get or keep the top players top put the product on the field that the fans pay top dollar to see

  17. thegamecocker says: May 27, 2013 1:23 PM

    NOW and FOREVER, IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!! It wasn’t always that way and schools that don’t have D-1 programs still have wealthy alumni that give because they are proud of the academic institution they are. Such schools are MIT, U. of Chicago, NYU, Davidson College, U. of Denver, U. of Rochester, and all the Ivy League schools. These are truly schools of higher learning. It’s not to say you can’t obtain a great education at any college in the US; you certainly can. But the ones I’ve highlighted don’t need to cater to any football or basketball G-d.

  18. tmb333 says: May 27, 2013 6:22 PM

    dcroz says: May 26, 2013 3:22 PM

    tmb333:

    As I’ve before, a four-year guaranteed scholarship sounds all nice and warm and fuzzy, but it would ultimately be a disaster to college sports. If players know that they cannot have their scholarships pulled, then watch how many of them proceed to not even bother going to class or put out as much effort on the practice field/court as they would otherwise. And why should people on athletic scholarships get a deal that those on academic scholarships don’t, considering that those students are required to maintain certain minimum GPAs in order to keep their scholarships or lose them?

    And coaches don’t just simply run off players that can contribute to the team. If you want to play, then you have to compete for your spot. If you don’t do as well as someone else, then you may just lose it. You know, just like what will happen at whatever job they get once they step out into the real world.
    =========================

    That’s fine…then let them transfer anytime they want and play immediately. The school shouldn’t have the upper hand.

    You are kidding yourself if you think coaches don’t simply run off players. It happens every year when the new brighter star lands on campus.

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