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Everett Golson’s return to Irish a ‘surreal’ one

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For the first time in nearly a year, Everett Golson on Monday took to a football field wearing his Notre Dame practice jersey and helmet.  And, for the first time since being reinstated in mid-December, Golson spoke publicly regarding his banishment as the Irish wrapped up the first day of spring practice.

“I want to say surreal in a sense,” Golson said of his official return. “I felt accomplished for a split moment, that I went through what I went through and now I’m back and I’m moving forward now and still continuing that process of trying to grind and be better.”

Golson’s forced sabbatical was a well-chronicled one.  In late May of last year, 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.  Head coach Brian Kelly said late last month that Golson won’t simply be handed the starting job based on that past, although it would certainly qualify as an upset if someone such as freshman Malik Zaire were under center for the 2014 opener Aug. 30 against Rice.

During his time off, Golson stated that he worked for a couple of months with noted quarterback guru George Whitfield.  Golson also confirmed that schools had contacted him about a potential transfer, although the player said he never considered a move as he “knew I messed up, so for me I had to come back and complete what I started.”

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18 Responses to “Everett Golson’s return to Irish a ‘surreal’ one”
  1. gripless says: Mar 3, 2014 12:35 PM

    If he wasn’t a star player would the university re-admit him to this fine school.

    No!

  2. ttalarico says: Mar 3, 2014 12:40 PM

    gripless

    Know your facts. Most universities will reinstate most students for cheating.

    There aren’t too many that would have kicked them out like ND did!!

  3. rfmist8 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:55 PM

    “…but those were football plays on my wristband, not answers to the test!” In that case, we’ll reinstate you.

  4. mickcollins44 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:58 PM

    Yea Gripless, Catholics aren’t known for the whole idea of forgiveness… Putz

  5. irishfanzone says: Mar 3, 2014 1:01 PM

    What other University would kick out their star QB? Especially after a 12-0 season?

  6. mediocrebob says: Mar 3, 2014 1:35 PM

    Keep it comin haters. EG is back which most likely means a lot of you will go back to sticking your foot in your mouth.

    No other program/school kicks their stars out of school for something that very easily could’ve been covered up. Stars in the college game today get away with much more than what Golson did such as assaulting other students or DUI’s.

    Like I said, haters keep it coming

  7. cfballfan1 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:44 PM

    No other program/school kicks their stars out of school for something that very easily could’ve been covered up. Stars in the college game today get away with much more than what Golson did such as assaulting other students or DUI’s.

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    No other program/school kicks their stars out of school for something that very easily could’ve been covered up. Stars in the college game today get away with much more than what Golson did such as assaulting other students or DUI’s.
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    To their credit, ND didn’t cover up the cheating scandal – unlike the Shembo sexual assault.

  8. penvik says: Mar 3, 2014 2:03 PM

    Is he related to Vernon ??

  9. techvet says: Mar 3, 2014 2:23 PM

    There are non-athletes who were dismissed from ND from academic reasons and later allowed to be reinstated after their case was reviewed. While Golson is no ordinary student, he’s not the only one who has gone through this process over the years.

  10. irishfanzone says: Mar 3, 2014 2:27 PM

    Where was the coverup with Shembo? Everyone knew it was him plus there were NO charges. It was investigated. So how is that a coverup.

  11. ajarkoski says: Mar 3, 2014 3:00 PM

    It is hard to believe anyone can make a case that is negative here. The guy made a mistake, owned up to it, sat out a year to reapply, and is going to have to earn the job back. How much more standup can a guy be? The University didn;t treat him liek somebody special.

    Impressive display of responsible behavior on the ahtlete and ethics by ND.

  12. rocket1988 says: Mar 3, 2014 3:31 PM

    EG got caught plagiarizing a final exam paper. Show me someone who has not used others work and notated it correctly and I’ll show you about 97% of our population.

  13. canuckinamerica says: Mar 3, 2014 4:12 PM

    Surprised “rocket1998″ is not actually know as “rocketscientist”.

  14. jimbo75025 says: Mar 3, 2014 6:40 PM

    ttalarico says:
    Mar 3, 2014 12:40 PM

    gripless

    Know your facts. Most universities will reinstate most students for cheating.
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    Bullmalarkey. Perhaps at Upper Palookaville State, but at a upper echelon university (which ND claims to be)? I was almost kicked out of school at 19 for cheating (I was not) because of a teaching assistants clerical error. The case took less than 5 minutes to be decided in my favor during the actual “trial”, but had common sense not prevailed I would have been ineligible for re-admission.

  15. bigdinla says: Mar 3, 2014 7:22 PM

    He went 12-1!

  16. irishdodger says: Mar 3, 2014 7:52 PM

    @bigdinla,

    True, but he actually played a good game in that beatdown. To be fair, he had some games where he played worse than in the NC game but his team overcame his mistakes and pulled out a win.

  17. ttalarico says: Mar 4, 2014 8:45 AM

    @jimbo

    You must be proud to have graduated from Upper Plookaville State!!

  18. musketmaniac says: Mar 4, 2014 4:02 PM

    I read somewhere that 80% of Catholic priests are pedophiles. no wonder this Catholicism garbage is all about forgiveness. What do you expect from a religion of weakness. THANK GOD I AM AN ATHEIST

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