now he has calculated that he won't be given a chance unless Golson is hurt or fails big-time come the fall. If none of this happens, he doesn't want to ride the bench and waste his talent behind Golson. I see the nightmare of Matt LoVecchio leaving and Dillingham being the no. 2 QB with Carlyle Holiday in the role of Golson; I swear, it is almost like 2002 all over again.
Really, I don't blame him any more than I blamed LoVeccio. If Kiel is good, which none of us really know, it would be a waste. The clock is ticking on his eligibility, so if I were him, I'd leave too. He can probably go a lot of places where he can step right in to the QB slot, or at least will be given a chance to show what he can do--apparently something he doesn't see happening at ND, at least not in a real game.
It is absolutely critical that ND get consistently better QB play all season--not just a few games--if 2013 is to be as good or better than 2012. This transfer can only create a bad situation for ND's team. With the transfer, an extra 10 pounds of responsibility and criticality will be put on Golson's shoulders. Rees is a nice guy, but it doesn't give me high hopes of a stellar season in 2013 if he is the best we have as a no. 2 QB. Kelly has to know this too, and it will mean that he will continue to be protective of Golson's health, i.e. he won't let him run very much. So I see us stuck in a rut--where Golson is protected for fear that Rees might have to play. I think 2013 could very well be a groundhog day repeat of 2012, if that good.
As far as I know Kiel hasn't left yet, so maybe Kelly can promise him a chance to play and keep him for another year. Here's hoping so.