Everett Golson is gone from Notre Dame, but where he'll take his talents remains unknown.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported Thursday Golson is undecided on where he'll transfer, though there's been plenty of speculation about schools that could be a good for the now-former Irish quarterback who threw for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns last year. So far, here are the schools that've been thrown out there:
This is where the transfer speculation started, with a report surfacing in January of interest between LSU and Golson. Anyone who watched Anthony Jennings last year -- including in the Music City Bowl -- could argue Golson is a better fit for LSU than the incumbent starter. But here's the catch: If Golson did want to transfer to LSU, or any other SEC school, he'd have to obtain a waiver from the conference that may not be a slam dunk to be granted.
Golson is a native of Myrtle Beach, S.C., so a return to his home state is naturally high up on the rumor chart. Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks don't have a set-in-stone quarterback coming out of spring practice, and Golson could play close to home while spending his final year of eligibility in the SEC. Again, though, he'd need a waiver to make this happen -- and the conference has previously denied that waiver to a basketball player looking to transfer in to Tennessee.
Three other SEC schools are in need of a quarterback, and if Golson could get that waiver very well could kick the tires on him.
Golson would not, however, need to jump through any hoops to transfer to Tallahassee and play for a team that won the 2014 BCS Championship and made the 2015 College Football Playoff. Sean Maguire is in line to start this fall, but Golson would represent a significant upgrade here.
This is easily the most intriguing option, given if Golson wound up in Austin he'd make his Texas debut under the lights at Notre Dame Sept. 5. Brian Kelly could block Golson's transfer to Texas given this fall's game -- but the Longhorns haven't had a good quarterback since Colt McCoy and could opt to lure Golson and give Tyrone Swoopes another year to develop.
If all of the above Power Five options don't work out, Golson could do a lot worse than spending one year with Tom Herman -- the former Ohio State offensive coordinator who developed Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones into Heisman candidates and title winners. Still, this feels like a backup option if he can't get the SEC waiver, he's blocked to go to Texas and Florida State decides it doesn't want him.
Jim Mora's Bruins have to replace Brett Hundley, and Golson certainly would be a good one-year stopgap while freshman Josh Rosen develops. Of course, Los Angeles is about as far from Myrtle Beach as you'll get in terms of Golson's options -- but then again, it's a power conference program in a big city and Golson's girlfriend (as of last fall) was a student at USC.
This is hardly an exhaustive list, given there should be a number of lower-level Power Five schools interesting in landing Golson. He won't be without options, even if the SEC and Texas don't work out.