Thoughts immediately went to the Fighting Irish and who would take over behind center. After all, they played in the national title game last year and with Golson back, they were expected to be a contender against this year.
However, another angle to consider is where Golson could end up. It will be highly unlikely that Golson will be able to play this fall, especially if it’s an academic issue. So, looking ahead to 2014, is there a chance he could end up at an ACC school?
The most likely ACC destination for Golson would be the North Carolina Tar Heels. Coming out of high school in South Carolina, Golson was verbally committed to the Tar Heels for a long time. However, he had a change of heart and ended up in South Bend.
North Carolina is a markedly different offense than when Golson was a high school senior. New head coach Larry Fedora runs a high-powered, spread attack that would look nice with Golson at the helm. Incumbent starter Bryn Renner will be a senior, so the the Heels will be looking for a QB in 2014 … perfect timing for Golson.
One other possible ACC school to consider is the Clemson Tigers. Just like North Carolina, they are led by a senior, Tahj Boyd, set to move on to the NFL at the end of 2013. A South Carolina native, the Tigers could be a nice fit for Golson, allowing him to be closer to home. In addition, Clemson also runs a spread attack that relies on an athletic quarterback with a skill set similar to Golson’s.
He’ll have a number of schools to choose from nationally, but there’s a decent chance he’ll be coming to an ACC school near you soon.