Golson: Poor academic judgement led to ND departure

Golson in happier times, after winning WPDE's Zoneman Trophy.

Former WPDE Zoneman Trophy winner Everett Golson out of Myrtle Beach High has released a statement following his departure at Notre Dame:

"I have been informed by the University of Notre Dame that due to my poor academic judgment that I have been suspended from the University for the 2013 Fall Term," Golson said. "I take full responsibility for my poor choices and will do all that is asked of me to regain the trust of my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the entire Notre Dame community."

"My parents and the community I grew up in have instilled values in me that have and will continue to allow me to be successful in the future," he said. "There have been many lessons learned as I worked to become the starting quarterback at Notre Dame and each was a result of Coach Kelly's belief in me as an athlete and a person.

"At this point, I understand how my integrity could be in question but I want to reassure my supporters that through this experience I will return a better student athlete as well as a better individual.

"Lastly, I want to thank the University of Notre Dame for the opportunity already granted and also the opportunity going forth to regain my eligibility in the winter of 2014."

Golson sent this message exclusively to WPDE NewsChannel 15 Sports:

"To my teammates, I wish there was a way that I could tell you this in person but I wish you guys the best of luck this season and I'll see you soon."

"To all media members, I ask that you would please respect my privacy as I deal with this situation."

"Learning from adversity truly defines who you are as a person. Again, I can assure that I will come back better than ever."