BRIDGMAN, Mich. – Coach Brian Kelly said Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson and UCLA defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes won’t be playing college football this fall for the same reason: accountability.
I really look at this as fairly clear-cut scenarios. Everett Golson didn’t live up to the standards and he’s held accountable. Eddie Vanderdoes had a standard to live up to and he was held accountable. So those aren’t that hard. I don’t have to spend much time thinking about it, Kelly said Wednesday.
Notre Dame disclosed two weeks ago that Golson was no longer enrolled in school.
Golson revealed in a statement issued the next day by Notre Dame that he had been suspended for the fall semester for what he called poor academic judgment.
Kelly announced last week the university would not release Vanderdoes, a standout recruit from Auburn, Calif., from his letter of intent so he can enroll at UCLA, meaning he can’t play football for the Bruins this fall and will lose a season of eligibility.
Kelly was asked whether it was fair he was allowed to leave Cincinnati in 2009, where he had a contract to coach the Bearcats through the 2013 season, and take the Notre Dame job and begin coaching the Irish the next season and Vanderdoes can’t play this season.
I paid a million dollars in a buyout, too. There’s accountability in making those decisions, Kelly said. You can break the contract. He’s broken the contract, and he’s going to go to another school. But there’s a level of accountability there.
Kelly also said he decided to name Tommy Rees as the starting quarterback for the 2013 after having time to think about it.
He had initially said it would be a three-way competition.
I hadn’t had time to think about Everett not being our starter. As I got a chance to think about it, Tommy does not have to fight to be the No. 1 quarterback, Kelly said.
There have been media reports that Golson is considering playing at a junior college.
Kelly said Golson has indicated he’s focusing on improving his academics, and he doesn’t think he will play football this fall.
Kelly was speaking at a golf outing at Lost Dunes Golf Club where foursomes paid $5,000 so they could play golf and have their pictures taken with Kelly and former Irish coaches Lou Holtz and Ara Parseghian.