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Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson is considering leaving South Bend to play out the final year of his NCAA eligibility. Sources tell NOLA.com's Jim Kleinpeter that Golson is interested in joining the LSU Tigers.
Here are the details of Golson's reported interest in taking his talents to Baton Rouge, as the signal-caller's academic background is creating some complications:
LSU is exploring the possibility but would have to obtain a waiver from the conference office since Golson was declared academically ineligible for the 2013 season. The SEC rule allows graduate student transfers without waivers if the student maintained eligibility, had no significant disciplinary issues at the old school and earned all possible [Academic Progress Rate] points.
Shea Dixon of 247Sports.com reported what he was hearing regarding Golson and the Tigers:
Golson himself commented on the rumors via his Twitter account:
Golson threw for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns to 14 interceptions in 2014, but he slumped somewhat down the stretch as the Irish lost their final four regular-season games.
The senior did help Notre Dame to a 31-28 victory over LSU in the Music City Bowl, albeit in a timeshare situation with Malik Zaire. Losing grip on the starting job had to give Golson incentive to prove something greater if he has any hope at a football future.
LSU doesn't have the greatest quarterback situation, so Golson can capitalize on a situation with little competition. Dual-threat QBs Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris haven't established themselves as the clear-cut answer under center.
Running a pro-style offense coordinated by former NFL coach Cam Cameron also offers Golson a chance to bolster his professional prospects. Stepping up to SEC competition should be an indicator of what Golson is truly made of as a quarterback as well.
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It's safe to say no one expected Boise State to bounce back this fast.
After losing their head coach late last year, along with the majority of the coaching staff and a few recruits, it seemed as though the Broncos were destined for regression.
Athletic director Mark Coyle and university president Bob Kustra had other ideas though, and on December 11, they inked a deal for former offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to return to take over as head coach.
During his press conference, Harsin made several references to the past, and in the following weeks he began to fill out his coaching staff with former Broncos, each of whom had gone on to find success elsewhere.
He brought Mike Sanford, who was coaching quarterbacks and wide receivers at Stanford while coordinating the Cardinal recruiting effort, in to run the offense and call plays, and lured Marcel Yates, who had been co-defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, back to run the defense.
Boise State became the only program in the nation who had alumni running the offense, defense and calling the shots as the head coach.
After a few weeks the motto for the 2014 season emerged: "Attack the Future."
And attack they did. After getting steamrolled in the season opener against Ole Miss, the Broncos rebounded to win 12 of the next 13 games, including eight in a row to finish the season.
They played hard, set numerous school records and sprinkled in just enough trick plays to remind everyone that this was Boise State back to its roots. They clinched an at-large berth in the Fiesta Bowl and held on to win a nail-biter against 10th-ranked Arizona, clinching the school's eighth 12-win season since 2002.
So what does Harsin have up his sleeve for an encore?
Believe it or not, the outlook for next year is even brighter, despite the fact that the Broncos will have to replace record-setting players at quarterback, running back and wide receiver.
Without further ado, let's take a look at the questions that Harsin and Co. will need to find answers for before kickoff of the 2015 season.