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Golson Leaving Notre Dame

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Quarterback Everett Golson announced Thursday he is transferring out of Notre Dame.

Golson, who led the Fighting Irish to the 2012 BCS title game, released a statement explaining his reason for leaving South Bend:

"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.

"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!"

Golson graduated this semester so he will be able to transfer without sitting out a season.

The 6-foot, 200-pound senior played two seasons for the Irish throwing for 5,850 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. He also ran for 518 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Golson missed the entire 2013 season after being suspended for "poor academic judgement."

According to ESPN, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Texas, and LSU all may be interested in Golson.

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Notre Dame Wins Music City Bowl

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Notre Dame dropped five of its last six regular season games, but ended the season with a bowl win. Senior kicker Kyle Brindza's 32-yard field goal as time expired gave the Fighting Irish (8-5) a 31-28 win over Louisiana State University in the Music City Bowl on Tuesday night.

"To leave a program so historic like this in this kind of fashion is great," Brindza said. "It's a blessing for me, but also to be able to help win a game for all my teammates is a bigger blessing."

Brindza had missed six of his last nine field goal attempts as Notre Dame lost its final four games of the regular season. Their rebound in the postseason was due to a strong performance from quarterback Malik Zaire, who was making his debut for the Irish. Zaire threw for the game's opening touchdown and scored again on a 7-yard run in the second quarter.

LSU (8-5) rallied from a 21-14 halftime deficit to take a 28-21 lead on Leonard Fournette's 98-yard touchdown run. However, the Irish quickly knotted the score again thanks to C.J. Prosise's 50-yard scamper. After blocking a Tigers field goal attempt early in the fourth, Notre Dame controlled possession to help set up the game-winning kick.

The game did have some controversy at the end of the first half. LSU's holder, Brad Kragthorpe, took the snap on a field goal attempt and headed for the end zone but was ruled short. Video review upheld the call, a decision that coach Les Miles was not happy about.

"The guy that carried the ball, forcing it, said he absolutely scored," Miles said. "Kids will be kids, but this guy's going to tell the truth."

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Arizona State Capitalizes on Notre Dame's Mistakes

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Az) -- The Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 55-31, Saturday, in a victory that will push them one step closer into consideration for the college football National Championship final four.

Taking advantage of five Notre Dame turnovers, Arizona State scored 28 points off of those takeaways.

Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson accounted for all five turnovers and still brought Notre Dame within three points of Arizona State, closing the score to 34-31.

Arizona State responded with a 75 yard touchdown drive and sealed the game with a Lloyd Carrington pick six off Everett Golson on the next Notre Dame drive.

With the win Arizona State moves to 8-1 and enters the National Championship playoff selection discussion.

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Arizona State Prepares for Notre Dame

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Arizona State Sun Devils (7-1) will get one of their biggest challenges this season when Notre Dame (7-1) comes to town on Saturday.

"This is arguably the best football team we've seen all year and with that comes great opportunity," Arizona State coach Todd Graham said. "I don't have to give our players any motivational speeches this week; they're going to be pretty fired up to play."

Arizona State is 3-1 at home this year and is averaging 34.4 points a game.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame has given up 30 or more points for three straight games. Arizona State is hoping to take advantage of their defense.

"I think it'd be silly to say it's like any other game," Graham said.  "It's the kind of games you want to coach in.  It's a kind of game our players want to play in and our fans want to see.  I'm looking forward to seeing a packed house and creating a memory."  

Notre Dame will be relying on their offense to spark the team on the road. The Irish are 1-1 on the road this season.

"It's an aggressive scheme," Irish head coach Brian Kelly said of the Sun Devils defense.  "One that is going to try and take away the run, but also try and get the ball away from you."

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Brian Kelly Focused on Handing FSU a Loss

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fifth ranked Notre Dame will get all they can handle from the second ranked Seminoles on Saturday.

Both teams come into the game at 6-0, but Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is currently under another investigation, this time having to deal with autographs that he signed.

Even with the investigation under way, Irish head coach Brian Kelly is preparing his team for Winston to be at quarterback.

"[They have] obviously 22 straight games, Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback, but it's not just the quarterback. This is a deep football team. Offensive line I think is where I would start. One of the best offensive lines I've seen in some time," Kelly said . "I remember going against them three years ago, it was a freshman laden, young offensive line, extremely talented. Now it's a veteran group. So I think that that's probably what really stands out to me."

Kelly also credited the work of the FSU offensive players this season.

"[They have] outstanding wide receivers, great skill, whether you're talking about either receiver, [Christian] Greene, vertical depth, vertical play is the thing that concerns you about them. They can go and get the football. [Nick] O'Leary at the tight end position, depth at the running back," Kelly continued.  "[They are] just a well balanced offense across the board. Defensively, athletic, physical, great corner play. I think led by [Ronald] Darby. Outstanding player, great speed, great make up speed, can play the ball. Again, that's why they're the defending national champions."

"Playing at their place will be a great challenge. It's the first time on the road for us, so we'll have to play in that kind of environment," he added.

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

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No. 14 Stanford Faces Off with No. 9 Notre Dame Saturday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) -- The Legends Trophy is up for grabs once again as No. 14 Stanford travels to South Bend, Indiana on Saturday to face No. 9 Notre Dame.

The Cardinal have won four of the last five matchups. Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly recognizes his team will have to play smart, solid football to beat the Cardinal. 

"They're a deep and talented veteran team and we are going to have to play really, really good football," Kelly said.

Stanford brings an experienced and physical team. The Cardinal boast the No. 2 defense in the country and are led by senior quarterback Kevin Hogan. 

To Kelly, the respect starts at the top, with Stanford head coach David Shaw. 

"We all know about Stanford and coach Shaw and the consistency they have played at at the national level," Kelly stated. "We have a great deal of respect for their football team, their program and thier coaching staff."

For coach Shaw, he knows his team will face a unique talent in Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who, in his opinion, has grown over the past few years.

"Very athletic, very accurate, hard to pin down," Shaw said of Golson. "This year it's the same but he almost just seems composed. Whereas before he seemed a little frantic, now he knows you can't catch him."

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Golson Accounts for 3 TDs as (11) Notre Dame Thumps Purdue

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Everett Golson threw two touchdowns and ran for another to lead (11) Notre Dame past Purdue 30-14 Saturday.

The 6-foot-1, 200 pound senior quarterback accounted for at least three touchdowns for the third-straight game, and scored on a 15-yard dash at the end of the second quarter to erase the Fighting Irish's first deficit of the season, and give them the lead heading into halftime.

"He just understands the game," Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said of Golson. "The game is slower for him than it was when he was here in his first year. The game has slowed down. He sees the field better. He can see it better. He's not there yet. We missed some things tonight that would have changed the complexion of the game."

Notre Dame (3-0) would outscore Purdue (1-2) 13-0 in the second half, giving the Irish its seventh-straight victory over the Boilermakers.

The two teams, which have played each other every year since 1946, will now take a five year break before resuming their rivalry in 2020.

The Fighting Irish have won their first three games of the season for the second time in three years -- they last did that in 1987 when they did it in four-straight seasons.

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Brian Kelly 'In Shock' over Investigation

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind. ) -- Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly addressed the academic fraud investigation under way that involves four of his players on Saturday.

Notre Dame suspended DaVaris Daniels, KeiVarae Russell, Ishaq Williams, and Kendall Moore following the news on Friday.

According to ABC's Ron Claiborne, suspensions would not just affect the four players but the entire football program, which just two years ago went undefeated in the regular season and to the national championship game.

"I knew coming to Notre Dame, and one of the reasons why I wanted to come here, was there are some core values as one of the preeminent Catholic institutions that you just can't compromise on, and that's integrity," Kelly said. "And if you see that something is going on that's not right -- and obviously through this investigation they found this out -- it's important that it's addressed. And so I applaud the university for doing that."

Notre Dame now says it will voluntarily forfeit all of the games it won with the four players on the field if ultimately they are found to have cheated.

"Now, along the way, I've lost a starting quarterback and some key players. But I came here because I wanted to be associated with a university that had those standards," Kelly continued.  "And I'm disappointed, I'm saddened in a way for these young men, because they're good kids. They made some bad decisions along the way -- and I'm not throwing these four in that category yet, obviously. But we can talk about Everett [Golson], certainly, in that situation."

"As it relates to the recruitment of the young men here, I think we've brought in the right young men. I think we continue to have to do a better job educating them. We have to do a better job of providing them the resources. Look, this is never a one-sided issue. We have to internally look at providing our student-athletes all of the resources necessary that if, in fact, they took shortcuts, that they don't. And we have to look hard at that. And that's something that will ensue over this issue."

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Everett Golson Takes Back Notre Dame's Starting QB Job

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) -- After missing all off last season due to suspension, Everett Golson is Notre Dame's starting quarterback once again.

Golson, who in 2012 led the Fighting Irish to the BCS national title game, beat out redshirt freshman Malik Zaire to reclaim the job.

The decision was announced Wednesday by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.

"Generally when you look at making that decision, I'm using from January through right now as the basis of that decision, so winter workouts, how he handled himself with the team, our workouts, his spring practice and then his leadership in the summer and in camp here," Kelly said. "I think he's put himself in a position to get that opportunity to be our starter against Rice."

Golson, 21, was suspended for the 2013 season for what he called "poor academic judgement."

In 2012, the 6-foot, 200-pound Golson completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 298 yards and six touchdowns.

Golson and Notre Dame start their season August 30 at home versus Rice.

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Brian Kelly Prepares for Pittsburgh

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) -- The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers on Saturday night.

Notre Dame has won the past three meetings with Pittsburgh and head coach Brian Kelly is looking forward to playing on the road.

"I know for both teams we're excited about getting away from the option offense that we have both seen over the last couple of weeks," Kelly said on Tuesday. "Pitt/Notre Dame [are] exciting football games, especially in my tenure both in Cincinnati and here at Notre Dame. I think we all know about last year's game. I think what we're focused on is for our guys, one more step in the progress of our football team, and that is, you know, again, in November, playing better football."

The Panthers have lost their last two and their offense ranks 103rd in the nation in total yards (345.9 per game).

"Coach Chryst does a great job of wanting to display a physical presence on the offensive side of the ball. They're well coached, and, again, we have had some great battles with them and expect another very close, tough, hard nosed football game against Pittsburgh," Kelly continued.  "We go on the road. It's a nationally televised game, our guys are excited about that audience, and certainly for us another challenge as we go on the road."

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