Notre Dame starting quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at the school according to Angelo Di Carlo of WNDU and leaves the team scrambling for help at the most important position in the sport.
BREAKING: Notre Dame confirms to WNDU that quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at ND. They can’t say why due to privacy laws.
— Angelo Di Carlo (@angdicarlowndu) May 26, 2013
Two months earlier, the team was stacked a the position with former top prep quarterback Gunner Kiel waiting in the wings, but he has since transferred to Cincinnati leaving the Irish with Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix as the most experienced signal-callers on the roster.
Rees and Hendrix each have starting experience but neither possesses the dual-threat ability of Golson who helped lead the team to the BCS National Championship Game last season after an undefeated regular season as a redshirt freshman. Rees likely will be the team’s starting quarterback without Golson. Rees threw for 2,871 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2011 before Golson passed him on the depth chart after he was suspended for the season opener last season.
Golson passed for 2,405 yards on 58.8% passing and 12 touchdowns and six interceptions while also running for 298 yards and six more scores. His absence undoubtedly drops the Irish in preseason polls where they were likely to be inside the top 10, but now will see their stock tumbling faster than a boulder down a mountain.
The future of Golson is uncertain and it remains to be seen why he left the school, if he will enroll for the fall semester or if he wants to transfer to another program. One thing that is for certain is Notre Dame is quickly finding out that there is no such thing as a quiet offseason. Earlier this week, it was reported that their top recruit Eddie Vanderdoes wants out of his letter of intent.
More on this story is sure to come out in the coming days but right now it looks like it could be a “Residence Life violation” according to Chicago Tribune’s Brian Hamilton. This is a shocking development that has the potential to cripple the fate of Notre Dame in 2013.