Notre Dame is on track to get back an important player on its offense, but the Irish are losing one the guiding voices on their offense.
Coach Brian Kelly told ESPN.com on Tuesday that he expects quarterback Everett Golson to be re-admitted to the university in mid-December.
If Golson returns, he will have a new offensive coordinator as Chuck Martin is leaving Notre Dame to take over the head coaching job at Miami (Ohio). The RedHawks announced they hired Martin on Tuesday evening.
"I've been assured that based upon all of the information that has been provided that he's going to be readmitted on Dec. 13, and that information has been provided to admissions," Kelly, on a media tour to promote Vizio's BCS Fan Throwdown contest, told ESPN.com about Golson. "It's just a matter of them sending out the admittance letter and then being back on campus sometime around the 15th of December."
Golson, who was suspended for this semester because of an academic issue, would not be allowed to practice with the team until after the fall semester ends on Dec. 20, a Notre Dame spokesman said.
The late December date for Golson to begin working with the team likely means the quarterback will not be able to participate in the Irish's bowl practices as anticipated.
With Notre Dame's options appearing to be closer to Christmas, the team would likely leave for its bowl site on Dec. 20 or shortly after. Golson is not allowed to travel with Notre Dame or participate in practices at the bowl site.
A Notre Dame spokesman said Mike Denbrock, the Irish’s outside receivers coach and passing coordinator, will serve as the offensive coordinator in the bowl game. Kelly originally told Comcast SportsNet of Denbrok serving as the coordinator.
Denbrock coached Notre Dame's tight ends in 2011 and 2012. He also served as Kelly's offensive coordinator at Grand Valley State from 1992-1995.
Martin came to Notre Dame in 2010 as defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator in Kelly's first season. He was the Irish's safeties coach and recruiting coordinator in 2011 before moving over to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the last two seasons.
Martin replaces interim coach Mike Bath at Miami, which fired head coach Don Treadwell and offensive coordinator John Klacik on Oct. 6, five games into the season. The RedHawks went 0-12, finishing the year with a 55-14 loss to Ball State on Friday.
"I am excited to be joining the Miami football family and want to thank (Miami athletic director) David Sayler for this incredible opportunity," Martin said in a statement. "I look forward to getting back to the excellence Miami stands for and am excited to hit the ground running."
Miami will introduce Martin as its coach at a press conference Wednesday.
Martin led Grand Valley State to NCAA Division II championships in 2005 and 2006 after taking over the program in 2004 when Kelly left to coach Central Michigan.
"When I laid out the criteria that Miami was looking for in its next head football coach, it aligns perfectly with Chuck Martin," Sayler said. "Coach Martin comes on board with a plan that will succeed here at Miami, while embracing the academic mission of this university at the same time. We are excited to welcome him and his family to Oxford."