SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson’s decision to decline speaking to the media during spring practice came with the knowledge of the questions about his commitment to Notre Dame it would raise outside the Guglielmino Athletics Complex.
But coach Brian Kelly hasn’t seen anything that would make him wonder if Golson is eyeing an exit from the program after he graduates in May.
“If you’re half-in, you kind of see it,” Kelly said. "It would surprise me — I’m not shocked by anything that 18-21 year olds do — but there’s no indication in anything that he’s done would mean that he’s just doing this as a way to go somewhere else.”
A rumor surfaced in January citing interest between Golson and LSU, seeing as the quarterback would have the ability to transfer and play his final season of eligibility elsewhere as a graduate student. Golson — who hasn’t been available to the media since Dec. 20 — tweeted “don’t believe everything you hear” shortly after that report surfaced.
Notre Dame coaches have praised Golson’s attitude this spring and have said he’s fully committed to the program. The plan remains to have Golson and Malik Zaire compete for the starting job through the remainder of spring practice and into the summer before deciding on a stater sometime before the Sept. 5 season opener against Texas.
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“If I sensed (Golson eyeing a transfer) at all all, I would pull the plug on it myself because we’re wasting our time,” Kelly said. “I’m not going to jeopardize our program, our staff, our livelihood, what we do, if somebody’s not bought in and 100 percent committed. So that’s the most honest answer I could give you from that standpoint.
"He doesn’t want to talk about it, he doesn’t want to do media and stuff like that because he’s focused on his academics and graduating and I’m OK with that. I’m fine with that. He’s had his share of living in the bright lights of it.
"Now in the fall, he’s going to have to do what everybody else does in the fall and when it’s media time, he’s going to sit in front of you guys and answer questions. We’ll give him his space.
"But I expect him to be here and help us win games in the fall."