Quarterback Everett Golson, who started 11 games as a redshirt freshman for the University of Notre Dame football team that played for the national championship last season, was suspended by the school for poor academic judgment.
Golson will miss the 2013 season and said in a statement he wants to regain his eligibility at Notre Dame by 2014.
“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,” Golson said, according to the statement.
Golson helped Notre Dame go 12-0 during the regular season last year before losing to the University of Alabama in the Bowl Championship Series title game. Golson passed for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing for 298 yards and six scores.
“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,” Golson said, without being specific about the nature of his mistakes.
Golson’s suspension comes a month after former Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel transferred to the University of Cincinnati. Senior Tommy Rees has made 18 career starts for Notre Dame while junior Andrew Hendrix and freshman Malik Zaire are the other quarterbacks on the roster.
Without Golson, Notre Dame’s odds of winning the national title next season moved to 40-1, according to the Las Vegas Hotel’s Super Book. The Fighting Irish had been listed at 30-1, tied for 11th among teams at college football’s top level.