If you’re one of the many Notre Dame fans who want quarterback Everett Golson to stay in South Bend for another season and shoot down any transfer rumors, the last 24 hours have probably stressed you out.
Golson, who lost grip on the starting job heading into the Fighting Irish’s bowl game, is said to have major interest in LSU with a total of 24 schools keeping a close watch on the rising senior.
“About two dozen schools have expressed interest in Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, if the Irish quarterback decides to transfer,” said a report from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy back on January 12. “Of the two dozen schools expressing interest in Golson, six were SEC schools. … Golson has not contacted any schools about transferring.”
He took to Twitter today to throw out some subtle comments on what could possibly be even more displeasure with his current situation:
Man… Only at ND! Smh
— Everett Golson (@Everett_Golson5) January 28, 2015
Face your adversity with a smile on your face. It makes them mad when they know that they can't break you…
— Everett Golson (@Everett_Golson5) January 29, 2015
Notre Dame started off the 2014 campaign with six-straight wins and a no. 5 ranking in the AP Top 25 (though we all knew it wasn’t deserved) but struggled in the latter half of the regular season, losing five of six with head-scratching blowouts against Arizona State and USC. Golson wasn’t the only reason for the team’s woes – mangled with injuries, the defense allowed 40.8 points per game during that stretch – but his 22 turnovers were crippling to the Irish’s performance.
Coach Brian Kelly turned to redshirt freshman Malik Zaire for the Music City Bowl against LSU, and he did not disappoint; he finished 12-of-15 passing with 196 total yards and two touchdowns, earning the game’s MVP award. Golson, who split time and was in on the game-winning drive, went 6-of-11 with 90 yards.
“I’ve talked to Everett,” Kelly told ESPN. “Everett needs to come back and go through spring ball. He’s ready to compete. And he will compete in the spring. He’s going to graduate this spring, and that’s going to allow him to keep his options open.”
If Golson does end up leaving, it would probably make most sense to land in the arms of Les Miles. LSU had one of the least efficient passing attacks in the country last season as quarterbacks Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris combined to complete 49.6 percent of their passes for 158.7 yards per contest and a 128.6 passer efficiency rating.
Expected to graduate this May, Golson would be immediately eligible to play his final collegiate season this fall, and he’d be a huge upgrade to what the Tigers have been used to.
He would also have the chance to compete in one of the most difficult divisions in college football – the SEC West – and would undoubtedly put LSU in the running for the second College Football Playoff as one of the top teams in the preseason.
Golson, a former four-star recruit, led Notre Dame to the 2012 BCS National Championship Game where it was outmatched by a final score of 42-14. He was then suspended for the 2013 season after violating the school’s honor code before winning back his job as the Fighting Irish’s starter this past spring.