Everett Golson, the quarterback who helped lead Notre Dame to last season’s BCS National Championship Game, is no longer a member of the Fighting Irish, according to multiple reports. A Notre Dame spokesperson confirmed to WNDU.com that the sophomore passer is not currently enrolled at the school. Notre Dame spokesperson Dennis Brown would not disclose the reason behind Golson’s departure, telling ESPN.com that the school is barred by law from divulging specifics on the player’s situation. But of course like all cases, the reason why has leaked. Read more after the jump.
Chicago Tribune reporter and SI.com contributor Brian Hamilton released some of the details:
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While more details will surely surface in the coming days, one thing is immediately clear: Notre Dame will need to find a new starting quarterback. As a redshirt freshman last season, Golson started 12 of 13 games, throwing for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. The first-year player completed 58.8 percent of his passes and finished the season with a 131.0 quarterback rating. He was also a rushing threat for the Irish, tallying 298 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Keyed by a dominant defense and Golson’s dual-threat ability, the Irish reached the BCS title game for the first time since 1988, losing to Alabama 42-14 despite a 270-yard, two-touchdown performance from their quarterback in the championship contest.