Notre Dame QB Everett Golson no longer enrolled, reportedly due to academics

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The status of the Irish's returning starting quarterback is suddenly murky.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson is not currently an enrolled student at Notre Dame, according to WNDU's Angelo Di Carlo. According to the Chicago Tribune, a "residence life" violation has occurred, specifically of the "academic" variety.

Di Carlo notes that the school issued no further explanation, citing student privacy laws.

In a phone interview, university spokesman Dennis Brown told NewsCenter 16, "Federal and school privacy laws preclude us from issuing any further comment at this time."

Golson exited spring practice as the entrenched starter in South Bend after leading the Irish to the BCS National Championship Game in his redshirt freshman season, seeing action in 12 games along the way.

Though Brian Kelly's squad is thought to be led by a dominant returning defensive front, Golson was a key returner on an offense losing a number of players at multiple skill positions. Behind Golson on the QB depth chart is senior Tommy Rees and junior Andrew Hendrix, who both saw significant snaps in 2011 and 2012, and touted incoming true freshman Malik Zaire.

Also of note is Gunner Kiel, a former blue-chip QB and freshman signal caller who redshirted in 2012, but opted to transfer this spring to Cincinnati.

Notre Dame fans at One Foot Down react:

For Brian Kelly this has to be beyond frustrating. This really has to test his resolve. Honestly, I'm actually kind of worried as to how he's taking this. Can't help but throw up his arms and wonder what he has to do to keep building for the future. It's never, ever easy at Notre Dame.

Kelly's now entering his fourth year at Notre Dame, has done a great job turning the program around, and has to deal with yet another off-season quarterback controversy.

The most likely scenario is Tommy Rees back as the starter. It's not the future we wanted but he's at least earned it. He stuck around, helped Golson, and saved some games last year---with how 2013 has played out it's pretty tough to be upset with Rees right now.

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