Everett Golson leaves Notre Dame for Florida State

Everett Golson, the once promising Notre Dame quarterback, will now finish his collegiate career as a Seminole, not a member of the Irish.

Today it was announced that Golson will be heading to Tallahassee, where he is eligible to play immediately for the Seminoles. Said Golson in a statement obtained by Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports:

“This past weekend has been a defining moment in my life as I am proud to say I am a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. The support I’ve received there over the past four years has helped strengthen my integrity, wisdom and character. I would like to thank all of the coaches who spent time speaking with me these past few weeks and considered adding me to their football programs. Their interest and sincerity was truly humbling. After much thought and careful consideration, I will utilize my fifth year of eligibility to join the Florida State University Seminoles. To coach Jimbo Fisher, the Florida State football team, staff, alumni and fans, thank you for allowing me to become part of the Seminoles family. I can’t wait to get started.”

Golson had sent the following message to ND fans two weeks ago:

“I would like to thank everyone at Notre Dame for the opportunity to compete at the highest level of college football but most importantly to obtain my degree from one of the finest universities in the country. To all the Fighting Irish fans I want to thank you for the support over the past four years and let you know I truly love Notre Dame! To my former teammates, who I will miss tremendously, I wish much success in the future and will be your biggest fan from afar.”

As a redshirt freshman, he led the Irish to an undefeated regular season before losing in the national championship game to Alabama. With big expectations for his sophomore year, Golson’s promising career was put on hold for a year after he violated the honor code, using “poor judgment on a test.” 

In 2014 he was the starter once again, throwing for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns, but also had 14 interceptions and lost eight fumbles. 

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