When last we received a significant update on Everett Golson and his quest to return to South Bend, head coach Brian Kelly stated that, if the quarterback is readmitted to Notre Dame, he would be permitted to practice with the team.
Tuesday, the coach confirmed that Golson has taken a major step toward that end.
During his weekly press conference, Kelly acknowledged that Golson has reapplied for admission to the university. Kelly’s understanding, later confirmed by a school official to the Chicago Tribune, is that a decision from the admissions department on Golson’s application for the spring semester is expected in mid-December.
If Golson is readmitted, he would be permitted to practice with his Irish teammates in the run-up to a bowl game. Obviously, he would not be eligible to play in the postseason.
In late May, Golson was suspended from the university for what was described as an academic violation. Speculation subsequently surfaced that cheating was involved, with Golson confirming the rumors by acknowledging he had cheated on a final exam.
Golson, in his first season as the Irish’s No. 1 quarterback in 2012, 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 and a spot in the BCS title game. With Tommy Rees taking over under center this season due to Golson’s suspension, the Irish are 7-3.