Unexpectedly, his return won’t include working with his teammates in the run-up to the program’s postseason game.
Sunday afternoon, head coach Brian Kelly revealed that Golson will not participate in bowl practices ahead of the Irish’s appearance in the Pinstripes Bowl against Rutgers. Back in late October, Kelly had stated that Golson would practice with the team if he were to be readmitted to the school.
Circumstances, however, appear to have changed.
“We’re just not going to have the time and place to get him into practice,” Kelly said after practice Sunday. “He may join us in New York for a few days.”
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 8-4.