Everett Golson Says He Was Suspended For "Poor Academic Judgment"

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The Notre Dame quarterback has released a statement confirming his suspension and vowing to return by winter 2014.

"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 in the statement.

"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."


"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.

"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."


Language like "academic judgment" and "poor choices" is different than the "academic performance" that was initially reported by Tom Rinaldi and is just vague enough to obscure whatever it is he's admitting. It could be anything from picking a sub-par study partner to skipping classes or plagiarism.

Golson says he was "suspended" and Notre Dame has said he is "no longer enrolled," so it's unclear what he means by a return "in the winter of 2014." If he is merely suspended it seems more likely he could return quicker (for a possible bowl game) than if he has to re-enroll for the spring semester.

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Golson out for 2013, intends to return to Notre Dame [Chicago Tribune]