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Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who led the Irish to the national championship game last year, released a statement confirming he was no longer enrolled at Notre Dame because of “poor academic judgment.”
"I have been informed by the University of Notre Dame that due to my poor academic judgment that I have been suspended from the University for the 2013 Fall Term," Golson said. "I take full responsibility for my poor choices and will do all that is asked of me to regain the trust of my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the entire Notre Dame community."
Golson, a rising sophomore from Myrtle Beach, S.C., threw for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2012. He also rushed for 298 yards and six scores.
Golson said he planned to be back for the fall of 2014.
"At this point, I understand how my integrity could be in question but I want to reassure my supporters that through this experience I will return a better student athlete as well as a better individual,” Golson said in his statement. "Lastly, I want to thank the University of Notre Dame for the opportunity already granted and also the opportunity going forth to regain my eligibility in the winter of 2014."
Golson’s departure leaves the Irish with Tommy Rees as its best option to start and Andrew Hendrix and early enrollee Malik Zaire as backups. Rees, a senior, has thrown for more than 4,000 yards and 34 touchdowns during his career.
Highly-touted freshman Gunner Kiel, who transferred to Cincinnati earlier this spring, could actually return to Notre Dame per a
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