Golson transfer impacts Clemson; Gamecocks as well?

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, seen here celebrating after beating Pittsburgh in 2012, announced he is transferring for the 2015 season. (File/AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

CLEMSON — The landscape of Clemson’s 2015 football schedule just shifted. Time will tell if a seismic quake is in order.

Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson announced in statements released to ESPN and FoxSports.com he intends to transfer for his final season of eligibility. The Irish’s starter for its 2013 BCS National Championship defeat will be eligible immediately in 2015, per the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule.

Clemson hosts Notre Dame on Oct. 3, and the Tigers will have 16 days to prepare for new likely starter Malik Zaire.

What the Irish will sacrifice in experience – Golson started 23 games in 2012 and 2014, sitting out the 2013 season with academic restrictions – it might recoup in untapped potential. As a sophomore, Zaire only threw passes in Notre Dame’s final two games, but played nicely in a loss to Southern Cal and a Music City Bowl victory over LSU (21-for-35, 266 yards, TD; a rushing TD in both games.)

So theoretically, Clemson’s road just got a little easier. But Golson’s landing spot could complicate matters.

Because Golson hails from Myrtle Beach, a natural suggestion for his destination is South Carolina, whose projected starting quarterback is sophomore Connor Mitch – who attempted six passes last fall.

The Gamecocks, who host Clemson Nov. 28, are replacing departed passer Dylan Thompson.

There will certainly be no shortage of schools interested in the services of Golson, who compiled more than 6,400 total yards and 55 total touchdowns in his two seasons in South Bend.