COLUMBIA — If Everett Golson wants to transfer to an SEC program, the former Notre Dame quarterback would need a waiver from the league due to his suspension for an academic violation in South Bend.
Golson, a Myrtle Beach native, said in a statement Thursday that he would transfer from Notre Dame, which he led to an unbeaten regular season and a berth in the BCS championship game in 2012. The former Shrine Bowl selection graduates later this month, so under NCAA rules he would be eligible to play immediately at another school.
“After much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided that it is in my best interest to graduate from Notre Dame and transfer to another school effectively immediately,” Golson said in a statement released to Fox Sports.
As for where he might end up next, “I will have no future comment at this time, and ask that you respect my time as I figure out this life-changing moment,” he said. ESPN has reported that roughly two dozen schools had expressed interest in Golson should he leave Notre Dame, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported in January that Golson had reached out to LSU.
Any move to an SEC program, though, would involve an appeal process. A spokesman confirmed the league has a bylaw which prohibits graduate transfers who have been subject to official university or athletics department disciplinary action at any time during their enrollment at a previous institution, excluding limited discipline applied by an individual sports team.
Golson was suspended from Notre Dame during the 2013 season for an academic violation, and was not enrolled in school during that time. Golson told Sports Illustrated that the suspension was because he used “poor judgment on a test.” Asked if he cheated, the quarterback told the magazine, “Something like that.”
Although Golson returned to Notre Dame for the 2014 campaign — during which he threw 14 interceptions and split time with another quarterback — any SEC school interested in adding him to its roster would have to first appeal to the league office for a waiver.
The 6-1, 200-pound Golson led Myrtle Beach High School to state championships in 2008 and 2010. He finishes his Notre Dame career with 5,850 passing yards and 41 touchdowns.