Notre Dame fans have been playing the “what if” game ever since it was announced in late May that junior quarterback Everett Golson had been suspended from the university for the fall semester due to “poor academic judgment.” If Golson, last year’s starter, had been allowed to play this semester, would the Irish be a lock for a BCS game or even back in the national title picture? The answer to that question is probably not, seeing as Golson doesn’t play for a Notre Dame defense that has allowed 23.5 points per game this season or a special teams unit that has been mediocre on punt and kickoff coverage, but you never know.
Still, Golson’s improvement toward the end of last season and recent training sessions with noted quarterbacks coach George Whitfield has many Irish fans excited about his future. After this year’s starter, senior quarterback Tommy Rees, threw two costly interceptions in Notre Dame’s 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday, some enterprising Notre Dame fans decided to make a #FreeGol5on flyer, which was spotted yesterday on a lamppost lining the path between Notre Dame Stadium and the university’s iconic Hesburgh Library, better known as “Touchdown Jesus.”
As you can see, the drawing is pretty accurate and even incorporates Golson’s old uniform number. But it is a little funny to see the #FreeGol5on hashtag when he was kicked out of the university for admittedly violating its Honor Code. Either way, I think most Notre Dame fans are interested in seeing what Golson can do when he returns to campus next semester.