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Chronic back issues force Jake Golic to end UC career

Jake Golic, Mike Golic Jr. AP

In May, Jake Golic transferred from Notre Dame to Cincinnati with the hopes of playing his final collegiate season with the Bearcats.

Unfortunately, a recurring health issue won’t allow that to happen at UC, or anywhere else for that matter.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the tight end, the son of former Notre Dame star and current ESPN personality Mike Golic, has been forced to end his collegiate playing career due to a chronic back issue.  The Enquirer writes that “[w]ord from UC is that Golic was hurting after Sunday’s scrimmage, and that he decided to move on Sunday night.”

Because he had already graduated from Notre Dame, Golic (pictured, No. 88) would’ve been eligible to play immediately for Cincinnati in 2013.

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14 Responses to “Chronic back issues force Jake Golic to end UC career”
  1. dbldmr says: Aug 13, 2013 7:47 AM

    Unless I’m mistaken I believe it was Jake’s brother that played offensive line at ND. I don’t think Jake got a lot of playing time behind Tyler Eifert last year. Too bad this flared up and caused him to call it quits.

  2. mogogo1 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:33 AM

    According to Notre Dame’s website, Jake did play 11 snaps as a sophomore in 2010 at offensive lineman. His brother, Mike Golic, Jr., also played offensive line full-time for ND and he’s now a rookie in camp with the Steelers.

  3. thegamecocker says: Aug 13, 2013 8:56 AM

    I hope the young man remains at U of Cinn and earns his Masters Degree. Cinn should honor his Grant-in-aid. This guy is a true scholar-athlete.

  4. irishbias says: Aug 13, 2013 10:10 AM

    Jake Golic was always a TE, he certainly never played guard. It looks like you looked up his brother’s information. Can I get hired to write articles or be an editor? here is his official ND bio. Too bad his football career ended this way with a back injury and an ignorant writer misusing his brother’s stats as his legacy. He deserves better. This website should have higher standards. #misinformedwritersleadtoignorantreaders

  5. irishbias says: Aug 13, 2013 10:13 AM

    btw that’s his brother Mike Jr (#57) in the picture you used. Jake 6’4″ and 254 lbs. playing offensive line anywhere in FBS is laughable!!!

  6. ajarkoski says: Aug 13, 2013 12:57 PM


    How many Golics are there? Mike and Mike, Mike Jr, Jake and any others? How can anyone keep them straight? I can imagine that in the rush to get out info, mistakes like this are made. That is what your job is: keep stories straight. Fortunately for Taylor and the beauty of the web is, corrections can be made instantly unlike going to press.

  7. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 13, 2013 6:04 PM

    And nothing of value was lost. Glad this product of nepotism is done.

  8. tsombanj says: Aug 13, 2013 9:35 PM

    You have to have had a career for it to end. Not trying to be mean, but there is no story here. We are talking about a 5th year who never achieved anything in college football.

  9. 1historian says: Aug 14, 2013 8:18 AM


    He knew he would never start at Notre Dame, he knew he would have a darn good chance at Cincinnati, at least he would get in some good playing time.

  10. irishbias says: Aug 14, 2013 10:31 AM

    @tsombanj Jake was expected to play a lot, came in highly recruited, and had the injury bug for most of his time at ND. His fb career ended because of injury. I am going to guess yours ended from a lack of skill.

  11. whitdog23 says: Aug 14, 2013 10:44 AM

    tsombanj is correct.
    and who’s the fool saying go-lick would immediately play at UC implying the Cats aren’t as good as nd. ridiculous

  12. geodude11 says: Aug 14, 2013 12:19 PM

    I am glad he made the right decision to leave football. You can’t do anything when your back is seriously injured; even minor injuries can hamper you the rest of your life, smart choice.

  13. tsombanj says: Aug 14, 2013 7:02 PM

    I love how people insinuate that a comment serves as a transparent reflection of my athletic “shortcomings.” Sorry irishbias. Your username says all we need to know. Take your ND goggles off. This isn’t an indictment on Jake. He is a young man. I wish him well. Hopefully you sent donations to ND to help cover the $200,000 cost of his scholarship. I guess UC should be upset that Jake couldn’t start a Trick Shot Tuesday tradition with their Bearcats. I’m simply saying that a guy who hasn’t caught one pass in 4 yrs at ND would have had zero impact at Cincy and so this story is reporting on a non-issue.

  14. suprmous says: Aug 18, 2013 3:19 AM

    As I finish makin the sign of the Crucifix, Good Lord what knitpickers. Anybody can make mistakes, give me a break.

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