Everett Golson didn’t use the word “cheating,” but the suspended Notre Dame quarterback conceded in an interview with Sports Illustrated that is essentially why he is not playing this season.
The magazine posted a portion of reporter Andy Staples’ interview with the exiled quarterback on its website and will have a full article on the situation in this week’s magazine.
Golson helped lead the Irish to a 12-0 regular-season record and a spot in the BCS championship game in his first year playing. He was informed in the offseason that he violated Notre Dame’s honor code and would be suspended for the fall semester, ending his junior season before it started.
“Basically I had poor judgment on the test,” Golson said of his suspension. “It wasn’t due to poor grades or anything like that.”
When pressed to admit he cheated on a test, Golson said, “Yeah, something like that,” and he said it wasn’t a paper or plagiarism that cost him the fall semester.
“I’m just going to leave it at poor judgment,” Golson said.
Golson and those close to him have been tight lipped since the semester suspension became public May 25.
The quarterback issued a statement through the university a day after his situation was made public, admitting “poor academic judgment.” He also gave an interview with a news station in his hometown of Myrtle Beach, S.C., in July.
Golson will be allowed to reapply for admission and could return to Notre Dame in January.
“My heart was set on going back to Notre Dame,” Golson told SI. “Not necessarily to prove (anything) to anybody, just doing it for me. I felt like that’s something that I started and I didn’t want to run away from it and go to a (junior college) or another school. I was going to face it.”
Coach Brian Kelly said he and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin have been in contact with Golson this season. Golson is working with quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr. in California to prepare for his possible return to Notre Dame.
Golson said working with Whitfield has been “ridiculously good for me” and that he has made slight changes to his mechanics.
If Golson is able to return to the university and team, he said Notre Dame is getting a changed student and player.
“Just a more polished individual, really,” Golson said. “That goes for on and off the field. A lot of people are moreso focused on me getting on the field. I’m moreso focused on me getting back in the classroom, since that’s where it happened.”