Everett Golson: What SEC team is pursuing Him? Is he good? And why this really isn’t a big deal.
If there’s one thing I’m good at as a sportswriter it’s asking the tough questions. Just ask former Georgia Linebacker-turned-Graduate Assistant Christian Robinson. If there’s another thing I’m good at it’s waiting entirely too long to weigh in on a big college football story.
With that in mind and given the fact that this story initially broke Saturday, I think it’s time for me to weigh in on the Everett Golson thing. For those of you who have been living in a hole or otherwise pretending to be busy with work and family, Everett Golson – Notre Dame’s starting QB – has left the school. This story is continuing to change directions but here are the highpoints:
- Golson is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame.
- Sources close to the program indicate academic issues as the reason for the sudden change.
- Golson himself owned up to screwing up academically and said that he plans to be back at Notre Dame for the 2014 season. He said “poor academic judgment” resulted in his suspension from the school for the Fall semester of 2013.
- A source close to ND claimed that ND got a call from an SEC team inquiring about Golson. (Timeout to address this: Obviously, the team in question is Auburn. Auburn has a long, sordid past of shady characters of which Golson would not scratch the surface. And, Auburn desperately needs a quarterback
this yearevery year moving forward.)
Given all that, I don’t see why this is a big deal. Everett Golson was a serviceable quarterback at best for Notre Dame. His average single-game statistical line in 2012: 16 of 27 passing for 200 yards, 1 TD and .5 INTs; 8 carries for 25 yards, .5 TD. Notre Dame’s offense was an even bigger joke than its defense last season. The Irish ranked 80th in the nation in points per game. They scored more than 30 points just three times despite boasting a “shutdown” defense that should have given them the ball for an overwhelming portion of games.
Golson managed a terrible offense all the way to an embarrassing post-season loss. And, I’m not even sure that he was the best man for that job. He stole Tommy Rees’ starting spot, but compare Rees’ 2011 season to Golson’s performance in 2012, and one wonders if there shouldn’t at least be a QB controversy – if not a change – in South Bend.
|2012 Everett Golson||2011 Tommy Rees|
|Yards Per Attempt||7.56||7.0|
This Everett Golson suspension/ineligibility/scandal isn’t that big of a deal. Like everything else Notre Dame does, it is overhyped. Heck, this is the third biggest scandal of this calendar year for the Notre Dame football program:
3. Notre Dame suspends starting Quarterback Everett Golson for academic impropriety.
2. Notre Dame All-American and media darling Manti Te’o is exposed as either a. a complete idiot, b. a liar and a fraud, or c. all of that.
1. Notre Dame “competes” in the BCS National Championship and is exposed as a no-good wannabe lacking in speed, toughness and all-around talent.
So, who cares that Everett Golson won’t be registered at Notre Dame in the Fall? That doesn’t even register on the Notre Dame Scandal Seismograph.
That’s all I got/