BLOG: Everett Golson to UMass? Don't get your hopes up

Last modified: Friday, November 08, 2013

So here's the deal:

Any time a Notre Dame player transfers, people are going to speculate that said departee might be looking at UMass because Charley Molnar was in South Bend before Amherst.

In the case of Everett Golson, the quarterback who led the Irish to the BCS Championship game as a freshman before Saturday's revelation , the rumors are going to be louder and more prevelant because Molnar was the quarterbacks coach and it's safe to assume he had a relationship with him. News reports late Saturday revealed that Golson is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame.

So there's basis for speculation, but is there basis for optimism?

Seems like a long shot.

According to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune - Golson's departure from the school was due to "an academic violation" but that "that the door is not closed on the quarterback’s possible return to the school at a later date."

So Notre Dame might still be the favorite for where he's going to continue his college career, but even if he is leaving, there's a lot of reasons to make UMass seem unlikely.

For starters if there's an academic issue, there's no guarantee that UMass or any other school would accept him. Molnar has presented himself as a no-nonsense disciplinarian when it comes to academics. Obviously it depends on the severity of the violation, but it would look like hypocrisy if he took on someone, who had committed a serious offense of some kind.

I have no idea what Golson thinks of Molnar, but even if he loves him, is that enough to make him want to go from starting QB at a school that almost went undefeated to a school that almost went winless? Unless Notre Dame reverses it's suspension, Golson is sitting out the 2013 season somewhere. There will be schools around the country lining up to sign the Myrtle Beach, S.C. native. Most of which can offer him a starting gig and many of them would be at BCS schools.

Most will have more FBS success than UMass and many will be closer South Carolina roots. Even if he does love Molnar, and I have no idea if that's true, that's UMass' only advantage.


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