Today, Golson will leave on his own accord -- and with his academics in order as the impetus.
According to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, Golson informed head coach Brian Kelly of his decision Thursday and later issued this statement:
"After much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided that it is in my best interest to graduate from Notre Dame and transfer to another school effectively immediately," Golson said.
"I would like to thank everyone at Notre Dame for the opportunity to compete at the highest level of college football, but most importantly to obtain my degree from one of the finest universities in the country. To all the Fighting Irish fans, I want to thank you for your support over the past four years and let you know I truly love Notre Dame. To my former teammates, who I will miss tremendously, I wish much success in the future and will be your biggest fan from afar.
"I will have no future comment at this time and ask that you respect my time as I figure out this live changing moment. God has a plan for each of us and I ask for your prayers as I move forward in this new journey in my life."
Set to be a Notre Dame graduate, Golson will be eligible to play in 2015. He concludes his Irish career with 41 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions. After a hot start that included 11 touchdowns produced without a miscue, Golson committed 22 turnovers (14 interceptions, 8 fumbles), the second-highest total among FBS players last season. Each of the 22 occurred from the outset of game four (Syracuse) through a mid-contest benching in game twelve (at USC).
The Irish won 17 games and lost six in Golson's two seasons as Notre Dame's starting quarterback. He began his career with 16 wins against one defeat.
In April, coach Kelly was optimistic that Golson would remain at Notre Dame.