Quarterback Everett Golson, who helped lead Notre Dame to an undefeated regular season and a shot at the national title, has left school, a spokesman confirmed.
According to United Press International, Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown confirmed Saturday Golson is no longer enrolled, but Brown declined to say more, citing privacy restrictions, multiple media reports indicated.
Golson was a redshirt freshman last season when he started 11 regular season games for the Fighting Irish -- throwing for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions, while rushing for 298 yards and six TDs. Notre Dame finished the regular season 12-0 but lost to Alabama 42-14 in the National Championship game.Everett Demone Golson was born January 2, 1993 to Wayne and Cynthia Golson and grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. At Myrtle Beach High School, Golson threw 151 career touchdown passes for the football team, leading them to the AAA state title in 2008 and 2010. He also led the basketball team to a state title in 2008 as a point guard and was named to the all-state team.
Coming into the BCS National Championship Game in Miami, Fla., starting quarterback Everett Golson and No. 1 ranked Notre Dame were actually a 10 point underdog—in this game which was played on January 7, 2013. In his first season playing for the Irish, Golson, a redshirt freshman, was considered by some to be a weakness coming into the national championship matchup with perennial powerhouse second-ranked Alabama (12-1) as Notre Dame's strength supposedly existed in its front seven on both sides of the ball—most notable among those linemen, junior Louis Nix III – a 6-3, 340-pound nose guard.
Things happened quite the opposite though as the Crimson Tide exploded upon Notre Dame's vaunted defense, winning a game that was never close, 42-14. "Golson did not allow 265 rushing yards; Golson did not give up 264 passing yards on just 28 attempts," explained journalist Shawn Brubaker of BleacherReport.com who defended the native from Myrtle Beach, S.C. following Notre Dame's blowout loss to Alabama.
"No, it was the vaunted Irish defense that failed to get a single sack, that gave up over seven yards per play, that failed to force a turnover." Brubaker continued, "Unlike the defense, Golson had a performance he can look back on and be proud of ... Against the nation's best defense, Golson threw for 270 yards [off 21 of 36 passing attempts] and a touchdown (and an interception); the numbers aren't bad, Golson's performance defies numbers and scores."
Apart from the very last game that was played, it was a remarkable year for Golson and the Fighting Irish who finished a perfect 12-0 regular season in 2012. The last time that had happened was also the last time in which Notre Dame and former head coach Lou Holtz had won it all back in 1988—when they were led by an explosive dual threat QB who was very similar to Golson. His name was Tony Rice. The season began with Golson beating out incumbent Tommy Rees for the starting quarterback's job back in late August.