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Kelly deals with loss of Golson

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is prepared to deal with the loss of last season's starting quarterback.

Kelly held a teleconference Tuesday to discuss Everett Golson's suspension from the 2013 fall semester for what the quarterback called "poor academic judgment" in a statement released Sunday.

"We've got three quarterbacks," Kelly said. "Tommy (Rees) and Andrew (Hendrix) have a great deal of experience, and obviously, (freshman) Malik (Zaire) got an opportunity to come in early (and participate in spring practice). He's got a good understanding, so those guys will all have an opportunity to compete to be the starter."

Kelly said he is ready to accept Golson back on the team if the quarterback can return to Notre Dame. Kelly also said that neither he nor Notre Dame's compliance office has had any contact with other schools inquiring about Golson potentially transferring.

"Our university has been very transparent with us and given us as much information as we can, so we can put together a plan to help him," Kelly said. "In January, if he's here on campus and he's been allowed to come back to school, he would have had to done the right thing.

"I think he's started in my eyes of accepting responsibility, and once you've accept responsibilities in my eyes and you follow through on what's asked of you month after month, then that is all I need to see from Everett. Then it's back to work."

Kelly said he did not reach out to quarterback Gunner Kiel, who left Notre Dame before spring practice and has enrolled at Cincinnati, to come back to the Irish.

"That is not something I've ever done, nor would I do," Kelly said. "I will coach the guys that want to be here at Notre Dame. Gunner had his reasons for not wanting to be here."

Kelly was also asked about reports that five-star defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes is reconsidering his decision to sign with Notre Dame. Kelly said he expects every player that signed in February to be in school when summer classes start on June 17, and the coach wouldn't comment about a specific player Tuesday.

"Until they are here, you know my policy has been pretty standard on that one, I don't get too much involved in who is not here," Kelly said. "None of those freshmen are here yet. We will see who shows up. There is always a surprise or two. We hope they are all here when they are asked to report in June."