Seven months ago in Tallahassee, Fla., Notre Dame lost its chance to solidify poll position in its quest for a spot in the inaugural college football playoffs, dropping a controversial 31-27 loss to undefeated, defending national champion Florida State.
Today, Notre Dame’s best player on that electric evening inside Doak Campbell Stadium announced his bid to make a return trip, but Everett Golson will operate hereafter from the host’s locker room after making official his decision to transfer to the ACC heavyweight and sever ties with his alma mater."This past weekend has been a defining moment in my life as I am proud to say I am a graduate of the University of Notre Dame," Golson said in a statement to FOX Sports. "The support I've received there over the past four years has helped strengthen my integrity, wisdom and character. I would like to thank all of the coaches who spent time speaking with me these past few weeks and considered adding me to their football programs. Their interest and sincerity was truly humbling. After much thought and careful consideration, I will utilize my fifth year of eligibility to join the Florida State University Seminoles. To coach Jimbo Fisher, the Florida State football team, staff, alumni and fans, thank you for allowing me to become part of the Seminoles family. I can't wait to get started."
Coincidentally, it was at the tail end of Golson’s last trip Tallahassee that his Notre Dame career began its precipitous downward spiral.
Prior to the contest, Golson had started 17 games for the program with his Irish prevailing in 16 of them. With 13 seconds remaining in the October 18 contest, a would-be game-winning touchdown pass from Golson to Corey Robinson was negated by an offensive pass interference penalty against the Irish.
Golson’s subsequent failed attempt from 20 yards out concluded the contest and the Irish were en route to dropping five of their final six regular season games with Golson contributing to 12 of the team’s momentum-changing 14 turnovers thereafter.
He concludes his Irish career a winner in 17 of 23 starts and with 55 total touchdowns accrued (including 14 rushing) against 20 interceptions and 12 lost fumbles (20 fumbles overall).
Golson isn’t the first high-profile transfer to leave Notre Dame for a fifth-year elsewhere – senior quarterback Dayne Crist did the same following the 2011 season, choosing to conclude his collegiate career at Kansas. But Golson’s the first among more than two handfuls of fifth-year transfers to arguably better his lot, joining a Seminoles program that’s won 39 of its last 42 games with a BCS Championship included therein.
Golson graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in management-entrepreneurship.