Golson situation could be interesting.
by NDMike2001 (2015-01-01 13:35:04)
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He will most certainly be offered a 5th year. The question will be how he will handle the offer. He'll surely have thoughts about transferring. The problem is that he'll need to have a full course load in the spring to graduate. I suspect that he'll need tutors and whatever academic assistance is customarily provided to him. If he doesn't accept a 5th year, what kind of resources will be available to him from the department/team? What, if anything, is required of him to stay on scholarship through the spring if he has expressed his intention to transfer?

On the other hand he could indicate an intention to accept the 5th year, but really wait until the end of the semester to decide to transfer. That would likely impact recruiting - or more likely directly impact whether another player on the team is offered a 5th year. If Golson waits until the end of the semester any potential replacement 5th year has probably made a decision to transfer elsewhere. Delaying the decision would also impact valuable spring practice time for Kizer.

I suspect that this will be the beginning of yet another strange off season for the Irish.




If Golson tranfers, and is not playing football
by faustfever  (2015-01-01 15:57:28)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

why would he need all of this help?

Hell, if all I ever had to do in college was eat, sleep and go to class, my GPA might have somehow managed to exhume itself from academic purgatory.

If he is transferring, he is not going to go through Spring ball and risk injury.

Wherever he is headed, he would enroll in Summer session.


He should be given all resources to help him graduate ...
by JTB_ND01  (2015-01-01 14:40:57)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

... regardless of whether or not he accepts the 5th year, just as any senior on-track to graduate in four years would be given.

What, if anything, is required of him to stay on scholarship through the spring if he has expressed his intention to transfer?

Acceptable grades and behavior. No other conditions simply because he wants to pursue football (or life) after four years.


It may not be that simple.
by NDMike2001  (2015-01-01 15:23:28)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Admittedly, I don't know. I would expect that the players have resources available to them as members of the football team/program.

By contacting other schools and perhaps even reaching an agreement to transfer, he's no longer part of the team. He's a student at Notre Dame, and would be given all resources available to students. But not all resources are created equal.

For the sake of argument, let's say that he decides to go to Clemson. Should he be participating in an organized study hall with the ND team in that scenario? I'm not talking about kicking him to the curb, obviously, but that doesn't seem to be an appropriate scenario.


Best case scenarios
by mattymcd  (2015-01-01 13:51:48)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

1) He takes the fifth year and competes for the starting QB job. I'd expect a 2 headed monster like we saw against LSU.

2) He decides to transfer soon. ND still gives him all of the same support academically that he'd have if he were returning. This would be a great demonstration of our commitment to the academic success of our players, and allow Golson to go on to a starting job elsewhere with an ND degree and a great relationship with the university.


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