Everett Golson ‘staying connected’ during suspension from ND
By LaMond Pope email@example.com or 713-2691 October 29, 2013 7:56PM
Updated: October 29, 2013 11:12PM
Quarterback Everett Golson provided a little more clarity while discussing his suspension from Notre Dame during an interview with Sports Illustrated.
“Basically I had poor judgment on a test,” Golson said in a video interview posted on SI.com Tuesday. “It wasn’t due to poor grades or anything like that.”
Reporter Andy Staples asked Golson if he cheated on a test.
“Yeah, something like that,” Golson said. “That’s what it was, I’m going to leave it at poor judgment. … It was a test situation.”
Golson was suspended for the fall term in late May. He said his heart is set on going back to Notre Dame.
“Not necessarily to prove to anybody, just really doing it for me,” Golson said. “I felt like that’s something that I started. I didn’t want to run away from it and go to a juco or another school. I was going to face it.”
Golson threw for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions while helping the Irish reach the BCS national title game in 2012. He also had 298 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.
He said he worked out with EFT Sports Performance near Chicago before heading west to receive training from quarterback guru George Whitfield.
“It’s been ridiculously good for me,” Golson said of his time with Whitfield. “I’ve changed up a little bit of my mechanics.”
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly gave an update on Golson’s status near the end of his weekly news conference on Oct. 22.
“He’s in a disciplined environment, one I’m very comfortable with,” Kelly said. “He’s in contact weekly, either with myself or with (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks) coach (Chuck) Martin. He’s in contact with our graduate assistant coach (Pat) Welsh, two or three times a week.
“Just catching up on what we’re doing, game plans, staying connected. He’s staying connected weekly from that standpoint.”
Golson said he will return to Notre Dame as a “more polished individual.”
“That goes for on and off the field,” Golson said.
Note: Kelly said outside linebacker Ishaq Williams is out for Saturday’s game against Navy because of a knee injury. Nose guard Louis Nix III (knee) remains questionable and offensive lineman Chris Watt (knee) and defensive lineman Sheldon Day (ankle) are probable for Saturday. Safety Elijah Shumate (hamstring) will practice and his role will be determined later this week.