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Golson apologizes for ‘poor academic judgment,’ vows Irish return

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Golson throws a pass in the third quarterr of the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in Miami Reuters

Apparently, the death of Everett Golson‘s playing career at Notre Dame has been greatly exaggerated.

Less than 24 hours after it was first reported that the quarterback is no longer enrolled at the school, Golson released a mea culpa in statement form in which he apologized for both “poor academic judgment” and “poor choices.”  While the specific nature of those poor judgments and choices were not revealed, the player stated that “I want to reassure my supporters that through this experience I will return a better student athlete as well as a better individual.”

Golson confirmed in the statement that he has “been suspended from the University for the 2013 Fall Term,” which means he will not be an Irish football player for the 2013 season.  Spring classes at Notre Dame begin Jan. 14; based on Golson’s statement, he will enroll anew at that point and return to the football program, although there has been no statement from head coach Brian Kelly to affirm that tack.

The fact that Golson’s statement was released through the university’s media arm, though, suggests that’s the path on which Kelly and the athletic department have signed off.

Below is the full text of Golson’s statement:

I have been informed by the University of Notre Dame that due to my poor academic judgment that I have been suspended from the University for the 2013 Fall Term.

I take full responsibility for my poor choices and will do all that is asked of me to regain the trust of my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the entire Notre Dame community.

I chose to attend Notre Dame because of its mission to develop me both on and off the football field.

My parents and the community I grew up in have instilled values in me that have and will continue to allow me to be successful in the future. There have been many lessons learned as I worked to become the starting quarterback at Notre Dame and each was a result of Coach Kelly’s belief in me as an athlete and a person.

At this point, I understand how my integrity could be in question but I want to reassure my supporters that through this experience I will return a better student athlete as well as a better individual.

Lastly, I want to thank the University of Notre Dame for the opportunity already granted and also the opportunity going forth to regain my eligibility in the winter of 2014.

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  1. teambringitstrong says: May 26, 2013 5:38 PM

    Cue the ND has such high standards crowd. Stay tuned but my spidey senses tell me there is more to this than meets the eye. First Te’o, then Mike Golic’s son transfers now Golson. Hmmmmmmm

  2. jets12 says: May 26, 2013 5:43 PM

    Your not the first over the last twenty four hours to imply that there may be more to this but I fail to see how Teo and Golic have anything to do with the Golson situation.

  3. desal2ds says: May 26, 2013 5:55 PM

    What ever became of the rape of the going women on campus with alleged football players involved? Guess Golson cheated in class. As a catholic who is a fan of Michigan is it bad that I love to see Notre Dame football team crumble?

  4. timh1955 says: May 26, 2013 6:25 PM

    I think the embarrassing and TOTAL beat down in January by Alabama destroyed the moral of the entire program.

  5. amosalanzostagg says: May 26, 2013 7:03 PM


    Notre Dame Alums lit up the President’s cell phone, twitter account and e-mail account’s with “Are you crazy?” responses in which the President proceeded
    to ask for more money for the school and then said that the appropriate actions have been taken and the the offending GA’s and tutors have been “reassigned”.

    In other words,a typical day at Notre Dame.

    Have a “manufactured” crisis, the Notre Dame SID leaks it to the press to gauge the response, when the the heat gets too hot, notify the President, when taking calls, he asks for more money and tell the Alums and supporters that the offending party has been taken care of (ala Prince Shembo),is repentant, received absolution from the Catholic church (ala the priest scandal), the President then calls the SID and tells him to release the offending party’s response.

    Hey, Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins why have you STILL not met with
    Liz Seeburg’s family?

  6. nuggets43 says: May 26, 2013 7:23 PM


    Sorry I missed the memo on Notre Dame being a big evil monstrous machine.

    What do you mean the heat gets too hot? What do ND alums and donors have to do with this?

    Golson will miss the 2013 season. Numerous players in the past have been booted for a semester and came back the next year (Julius Jones, Darrin Walls). Golson is being treated like any other student that gets caught cheating: kicked out for a semester, reapply for the following semester. And any ND fan will tell you having Golson for 2013 is all they care about. They could care less if he’s back for 2014 because Malik Zaire will be a sophomore by then and he’s supposed to be a better version of Golson according to the recruiting services.

  7. 10of14 says: May 26, 2013 7:33 PM

    You are not a “real fan of UM” if you don’t want to battle ND at its best. I live in MI and my dear friends that are UM fans hated to see this unfold. That tells me you are uneducated; one player will not doom this Irish team. Besides, UM had better worry about rebuilding after a woeful season under fatso Hoke. As for the beat down by UA…you bet it was. However, this school was stuggling to a .500 record just three years ago so they know how to respond to adversity and get better. As for Everett; sorry young man, but you dug your own hole and ND moves forward without you.

  8. cometkazie says: May 26, 2013 8:03 PM

    I hope this young man gets out of the hole he dug himself into.

    Consequences are consequences.

  9. fordmandalay says: May 26, 2013 8:34 PM

    Maybe he got catfished by Manti’s invisible dead girlfriend.

  10. patfic15 says: May 26, 2013 8:44 PM

    Poor academic judgement? Why cant we just call it like it is these days?

  11. amosalanzostagg says: May 26, 2013 8:52 PM


    Why not ask the Seeburg family how Notre Dame and it’s Alums handle the heat when it gets too hot.

    Why not ask Notre Dame Campus Police why they waited until WEEKS after
    the Lizzy Seeburg written compliant was filed with the University Police Department to even interview Prince Shembo who just so happened to be lawyered up with a prominent, influential Chicago plaintiff attorney who just happens to be an ardent financial supporter of Notre Dame football? Who paid for his legal counsel?

    How does said attorney use notes and internal reports from the Notre Dame Campus Police on an ongoing criminal investigation when the report was not even concluded? How does the attorney get access without Senior University officials giving permission?

    How does a County District Attorney decide not to file criminal charges against
    Prince Shembo by citing the plaintiff in the case is dead, but ample case law in Indiana allows a plaintiff’s statement to be used as a “dying declaration”? Notre
    Dame is not above using it’s influence to protect the brand.

    Hey you can make fun of the SEC (with 7 STRAIGHT National Championships in
    football.) all you want, but when players commit FELONIES, they are kicked off
    teams, and made to answer in a court of law. That is what Saban did with the kids that committed crimes, but I guess Notre Dame has to cover up crimes in order to protect the brand.

    You still didn’t answer the question, why hasn’t Rev. John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame STILL not met with the Liz Seeburg family? As a Roman Catholic, I’m
    SURE he wants to resolve the situation,,,oh, wait, this is the same organization that
    kept moving sexually molesting priests from post to post and sweeping crimes under the rug. Looks like Rev. Jenkins has a lot of practice sweeping crimes under the rug.

  12. thekatman says: May 26, 2013 9:41 PM

    Obviously, the Golson mea culpa memo was written by twhe ND SID office. Golson doean’t have that command of the english language and sentance structure as this memo is written.

    Why not have Golson write his own memo, and not ghost written by someone else? Who does he think he is? Barack Obama?

  13. plarkin88 says: May 26, 2013 10:17 PM

    So EG is headed home to Myrtle Beach for the summer probably biting his tongue and not ratting out the other players who took advantage of the same copied test or plagiarized term paper or inside info that got him expelled. So he’ll keep his mouth shut and in return the ‘program’ will accept him back. Give me a break, Golson didn’t bring test taking secrets to South Bend, he learned them once he got there. .. and he got caught. I doubt he acted alone.

  14. normtide says: May 27, 2013 12:34 AM

    The kid cheated, got caught, and was expelled. End of story. Should ND shut down because of it? Every program has someone that breaks a rule or a law. You can’t control another human being, let alone 85 of them. The difference is, if its ND, or the SEC, or USC (along with a few others), it gets blown out of proportion. My feeling its, for someone to want to tear you down, you must already be above them. Let it go. The fact he is suspended blows any cover up conspiracy out of the water.

    As an SEC fan, I too want to dish out the same bs that gets thrown at us over every mistake a player makes. But, I see it as pretty jealousy then, and now that it is directed at others as well.

    10of14- I agree totally. I want all of Bama’s opponents full strength. No excuses.

  15. rrussellndfan says: May 27, 2013 3:20 AM

    ND has a high standard. If it was Michigan he would still would be playing and no one would know. Another great reason to be an ND fan. Wish the best for Golson he’s always been one of my favorites but he owned up to his mistake and will be a better person in the long run. As for Jabrill Peppers, sorry for your loss Blue and Yellow are for chumps. Get yourself some blue and GOLD!!!! It’s never to late to be a winner. Hoke is a joke!!!

  16. lrical says: May 27, 2013 5:34 AM

    20 bucks says he cheated on a test

  17. sdemp says: May 27, 2013 7:38 AM

    I know why the Rev. hasn’t met with the family, he doesn’t have to. Besides, that ain’t bringing her back.

    I don’t know what happened, but I do know that “girls” have lied in the past about being raped so maybe she lied about the whole thing and couldn’t live with that guilt. Who knows, who cares because that has nothing to do with EG.

    Go Irish!!!

  18. cometkazie says: May 27, 2013 8:08 AM

    normtide says:
    May 27, 2013 12:34 AM
    The kid cheated, got caught, and was expelled. End of story. Should ND shut down because of it? Every program has someone that breaks a rule or a law. You can’t control another human being, let alone 85 of them. The difference is, if its ND, or the SEC, or USC (along with a few others), it gets blown out of proportion. My feeling its, for someone to want to tear you down, you must already be above them. Let it go. The fact he is suspended blows any cover up conspiracy out of the water.

    Well said, Norm.

  19. gatiger says: May 27, 2013 9:41 AM

    Let me preface my statement by saying that I am in NO WAY a Notre Dame fan.

    But, isn’t it possible that even though he’s a talented athlete, he’s still just a kid and made a stupid mistake that’s magnified by who he is.

    Think back to the stupid things you did in college. Imagine that they made front page or espn alerts or College Football Talk Blogs.

    Personally, glad mine didn’t make the news.

  20. irishdodger says: May 27, 2013 11:07 AM

    Well said comet maize & normtide.

    As far as the Seeburg tragedy, there’s no way that got covered up. If so, a good journalist would be all over it & in line for a Pulitzer by exposing Notre Dame who by reading most of the classless comments on here, is a big target.

    Linking the Catholic Priests scandal to Notre Dame is going too far. I’m not a Catholic but I know ND football doesn’t swing a big enough stick to dictate how the Vatican handles their scandals.

  21. irishdodger says: May 27, 2013 11:08 AM

    Dang autocorrect….should have been cometkazie ^^^^

  22. amosalanzostagg says: May 27, 2013 11:17 AM

    sdemp wrote on: May 27, 2013 7:38 AM

    I know why the Rev. hasn’t met with the family, he doesn’t have to. Besides, that ain’t bringing her back.

    I don’t know what happened, but I do know that “girls” have lied in the past about being raped so maybe she lied about the whole thing and couldn’t live with that guilt. Who knows, who cares because that has nothing to do with EG.

    Go Irish!!!

    Typical ND fan, protect the brand at all cost.

    The Seeburg family has numerous ND grads crossing generations. They requested a meeting with the President of Notre Dame five times. Each time he cited the ongoing
    investigation of the rape by Prince Shembo on campus as the reason he could not meet. Yet, Prince Shembo’s legal counsel was talking about case facts that had not even been released to the public. Gee, I wonder where he obtained that information since the University Police had not even released a preliminary report.

    It wasn’t until the the County DA (in which Notre Dame is located) decided to no bill
    Prince Shembo that the facts that the DA presented in court just happened to match the information that the defense had been using months before, Can you say Quid Pro Quo? Face it, Notre Dame is corrupt and does any thing to protect the brand.

    It doesn’t help them on the field when they have rapists and mental midgets who have imaginary girlfriends. That was shown in the National Championship game.


  23. nuggets43 says: May 27, 2013 12:50 PM


    You seem well versed on the Seeberg case so it’s curious that you say she was raped. Lizzy Seeberg wasn’t raped, nor did she claim she was raped.

    For someone questioning Notre Dame’s honesty and integrity, you are showing very little of it yourself by purposely distorting the nature of the alleged crime.

  24. sdemp says: May 27, 2013 2:19 PM

    I’m not protecting anything. . . I nor anyone else knows what happened and I’m simply stating that this is about EG and academic issues, nothing to do with rape.

    I request you don’t comment, doesn’t mean you can’t comment.

  25. amosalanzostagg says: May 27, 2013 9:51 PM


    Nice revisionist try to uphold the Notre Dame brand

    Care to explain why a formal rape report was issued by the hospital that examined Liz Seeburg AND given to Notre Dame Campus police? Where is the rape kit that was turned over to University Police?

    Care to explain all the tweets to Liz Seeburg cell phone telling her to back off and not mess with Notre Dame football?

    Care to explain why University Police waited so long to even interview Prince Shembo, even after they had a formal, written complaint?

    Care to explain as to why Notre Dame sent private
    investigators to the prep school attended by Liz Seeburg to interview former classmates and associates to have them testify as to her mental
    condition? IF no crime was committed, why go to the expense of hiring PI’s to investigate the plaintiff and look to smear her reputation? Why was Prince Shembo given access to a high price attorney out of Chicago? Given the stringent guidelines on outside earnings by an NCAA athlete, how does the athlete, Prince Shembo afford the retainer of such a high price attorney?

    Care to explain how does an attorney deeply affiliated with Notre Dame as a graduate and a football booster pass the smell test of just representing a “disadvantaged athlete” and not be reviewed for providing benefits in excess of what a student athlete receives under scholarship? Is such expensive legal aid available to each and every Notre Dame student who is alleged to have committed a FELONY on campus? How do private investigators have access to a Notre Dame student PRIVATE health records in light of FEDERAL privacy laws?

    No, you can try to defend the Notre Dame brand, but Notre Dame swept the investigation under the rug to protect the Notre Dame reputation at all costs.

    Just like the T’eo situation. Even fellow players on the team last fall said that they knew T’eo was milking the experience for all it was worth. It wasn’t until the
    story broke down that the Notre Dame SID went into full spin control and pushed T’eo has far away from the brand as quickly as possible. They controlled his access to interviews and tried to show themselves as knowing nothing about what they eagerly embraced earlier in the fall. Typical Notre Dame.

  26. amosalanzostagg says: May 27, 2013 10:07 PM


    You are way behind the times. Why not expand your viewpoint beyond blind allegiance to Notre Dame? When an ND alum write about how ND operates,
    people tend to notice.

    As to Notre Dame’s Catholic affiliation, if an organization as large as the Roman Catholic Church is ready,willing and able to protect sexual predators at the expense of innocent children, where is it ANY difference when a President of a Catholic University does the same thing and protests when he hides behind “an ongoing investigation” and say he knows nothing? Please, any University president that says that is incompetent and incapable of holding his Office. Look at the Penn State situation in which Senior University Administrators covered up the Sandusky situation for decades and you know it is fully capable at ANY University, including Notre Dame.

  27. nuggets43 says: May 28, 2013 3:20 AM


    This is the longer article written by Henneberger (you linked her shorter article in the Washington Post). Please read it and notice that Seeberg was not raped and she never claimed rape. What Seeberg alleged would be classified as Sexual Battery in the state of Indiana. If you want to be taken seriously call the alleged crime what it really was.

  28. amosalanzostagg says: May 28, 2013 8:13 AM


    Nice try,

    from your own reference source

    “At 1:45 p.m. the next day, according to the records kept by a crisis counselor at St. Mary’s, “Elizabeth Seeberg presented herself seeking support following a sexual assault. Throughout the session, Elizabeth shared fears,” including her dread of telling her parents, which she did later that same day, and “the potential reaction of the perpetrators,” which in her mind included not just the player but the other couple, whom she suspected of setting her up: “Elizabeth expressed her feelings that the event had been orchestrated and this impacted her fears.” According to hospital records, Lizzy arrived there at 4:41 p.m. and gave a statement to the nurse, who swabbed her neck, chest and lips for saliva and collected the shirt and the bra she’d worn the night before as evidence. In the little box marked “description of patient’s behavior,” the nurse wrote “calm, appropriate, cooperative.”

    Detective David Dosmann of the Notre Dame Security Police returned the hospital’s call at 4:55 p.m. and came right over to the hospital to meet her, arriving at 5:15 p.m. She gave him the handwritten account she’d put together the night before, and told him her story. The hospital records show he spent an hour with Lizzy, wrapping up the interview at 6:15. That same day, she received a series of messages from the young woman who’d told her what had happened the night before was no big deal. At first, she was solicitous: “Dude, are you ok?” And, “OK, good, I was worried.” Later, though, she demanded, “Get in my room asap,” and when asked why, responded, “because you need to tell [the player’s friend] what’s going on.”

    By the next day, Sept. 2, the other woman seemed frantic, messaging Lizzy, “I’m freaking out idk what to do.” The player’s friend had started texting Lizzy, too. That afternoon, even as Lizzy and her friend Kaliegh walked to Notre Dame’s police station, where Lizzy identified a photo of the accused from the football roster, Kaliegh said, the player’s friend “was texting and calling her” — and scaring her all over again. “It was threatening.”

    If there was no rape, why the report?

    Notre Dame controlled the investigation.

  29. nuggets43 says: May 28, 2013 1:07 PM


    Notice what happened at the hospital: her upper body was swabbed for saliva, and they collected her bra and shirt. Nothing below the waist was conducted or collected.

    Rape means intercourse. There was a report because this was a sexual battery case.

  30. buckeye044 says: May 28, 2013 4:45 PM

    Any chance summer could be considered the semester for which he is expelled?

  31. onbucky96 says: May 28, 2013 8:21 PM

    The poor decision was getting caught. Me not smart, me thinks he still qb at ND if he no get caught.

  32. amosalanzostagg says: May 29, 2013 9:31 AM


    Again, nice try.

    Care to explain why a completed rape kit was sent with the detective AFTER his interview with Liz Seeburg when he left the hospital?

    Care to explain why Notre Dame Campus Police did not even interview Prince Shembo for TEN days after the “assault”? How come the police never asked for body fluid samples from Shembo? How come Notre Dame police never asked for the clothes he wore that night?

    I’ll tell you why. Notre Dame controlled the investigation from the beginning. From hiring Private Investigators to look into Liz Seeburg medical records, to having a prominent ND alum and football supporter Joe Powers represent Prince Shembo.
    Who paid for Shembo to have such a high powered, high price mouth piece?

    From your OWN source….

    “The player’s lawyer isn’t some rogue freelancer acting on his own, either; questions sent to the university spokesman, Dennis Brown, were answered first by Power, who readily acknowledged that he’d received them from Notre Dame.”

    “In a phone call in response to a message that I was working on a story about the Seeberg case, Brown initially offered to walk me through the particulars of the case off the record, then withdrew the offer when I told him I would not be bound by such an agreement in a way that would keep me from reporting information I already had. In a follow-up email, Brown said Notre Dame officials had decided not to meet with me because circumstances had changed now that I was writing a story — just as I had been when we spoke. Also, he said, they had elected to honor their long-standing policy on privacy and their promise to the Seeberg family not to reveal the details of the case. When I wrote back to say that the Seebergs were unaware of any such promise but would be happy to sign a waiver making any and all relevant information public, he did not respond.”

    Notre Dame CONTROLLED the investigation from the beginning. They were not going to have the Notre Dame brand damaged in any way shape or form. They are just as culpable as Shembo.

    Keep on trying though.

  33. nuggets43 says: May 29, 2013 12:32 PM


    Completed rape kit? You mean the one that Henneberger detailed to only include an exam of Seeberg’s upper body? And only clothes from her upper body? And the only bodily fluid checked for was saliva? While it might still be called a rape kit, the hospital obviously wasn’t checking for rape, but was checking for sexual battery. Why? Because Lizzy Seeberg never said she was raped and you can’t find a single source that says different.

    Henneberger has a loooong article and details what happened that night according to Seeberg. There was no intercourse. No rape.

    You’re obviously more concerned with making Notre Dame look as bad as possible than you are concerned with this girl’s story and getting the facts straight. It was a tragic story on its own, please stop embellishing it.

    Hey I just thought of something: you’re like Manti Te’o, purposefully embellishing a story to enhance your narrative.

  34. amosalanzostagg says: May 29, 2013 11:09 PM


    Nope, again nice try.

    I don’t need to embellish, (that’s the job of the ND SID, see Prince Shembo and Manti Te’o as prime examples). Notre Dame controlled the entire Shembo fiasco from start to finish and to this day will issue a curt “No comment” when asked.

    I must be a B**** to have you OWN article come back and just blow your whole argument that Notre Dame is Pure and Pristine. Who paid for Joe Powers to represent Prince Shembo? Can’t answer that can you? Notre Dame won’t answer any inquiry with regards to that aspect because that would be a major NCAA violation (offering benefits above the scope of the standard NCAA Grant in Aid that would not be offered to any other Notre Dame student.) How did Notre Dame report Joe Powers role?

    You cannot defend ANYTHING Notre Dame has done. Ethics at Notre Dame is an oxymoron.

    Do keep trying to defend a rapist.

  35. nuggets43 says: May 29, 2013 11:49 PM


    It’s not my own article. It’s an article that I knew cast Notre Dame in a very poor light. I am not arguing that Notre Dame is pure and pristine. The University and its people are not. Joe Power likely worked pro bono, but with a wink and a nod that Notre Dame will compensate him in some way. Or maybe Power loves the school so much that he chooses to defend football players at no cost without alternative compensation from the school. We don’t know.

    But one thing the lengthy article didn’t say is that Seeberg was raped. I’m not defending a rapist, nor am I defending a sexual criminal of any kind. In case you didn’t notice, I haven’t written anything to defend Notre Dame or the accused player, but instead have only said he never raped her, which is the truth.

    I will not reply to your next post unless you cite a source saying Seeberg was raped, or admit she wasn’t raped. I’ll take a lack of reply as a quiet admission that you were wrong.

  36. amosalanzostagg says: May 30, 2013 9:35 PM


    Again nice try, but trying doesn’t change actual FACTS

    Catholic priests and The Irish would be VERY proud of you defending the indefensible acts of the Administration and Prince Shembo. YOUR actions as well as your post is laughable at best and if serious, shows a complete lack of critical thought at it’s worst. Your feeble attempt to crawfish back from what Prince Shembo DID and the subsequent actions by the Administration is repugnant.

    Your words.

    “Joe Power likely worked pro bono, but with a wink and a nod that Notre Dame will compensate him in some way. Or maybe Power loves the school so much that he chooses to defend football players at no cost without alternative compensation from the school. ”

    So Joe Power and Notre Dame decided to extend an extra benefit for football players above the standard NCAA Grant in Aid to Scholar Athletes that is not available to ANY other Notre Dame student? Can you say extra ordinary benefits?
    What value do you put on a top plaintiff attorney in Chicago to represent your football players? $500 an hour? $1,000 an hour? Major violation

    Thank you for admitting that Notre Dame controlled the investigation from the beginning. The sad fact is that you cannot explain the missing rape kit that the Notre Dame Security Detective took with him? Explain how there is no chain of custody report by Notre Dame Security Department on the kit? No need to reply
    because any one with a modicum of grey matter knows that Notre Dame controlled the investigation from the beginning and was not about to let ANYTHING negative happen to hurt the brand.

    Too late, it already has

    Keep trying.

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