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Notre Dame quarterback suspended for 'poor academic judgment'

By Sarah Aarthun, CNN
May 27, 2013 -- Updated 1355 GMT (2155 HKT)
"I take full responsibility for my poor choices" suspended Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson said in a statement.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Everett Golson led the team to an undefeated regular season in 2012
  • He has been suspended for the fall semester after making "poor choices"
  • The 20-year-old leaves open the possibility of returning in 2014

(CNN) -- The redshirt freshman quarterback who led the University of Notre Dame to an undefeated regular season in 2012 and a berth in the national title game has been suspended for the fall semester for "poor academic judgment," Everett Golson said in a statement released by the school Sunday.

Golson did not provide details on what led to his suspension, and Notre Dame declined to comment beyond confirming late Saturday that the former starting quarterback is no longer enrolled, citing "federal law and our own policies."

"I take full responsibility for my poor choices and will do all that is asked of me to regain the trust of my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the entire Notre Dame community," Golson's statement said.

Golson, 20, led the Fighting Irish to 10 straight victories to open his starting season in 2012. The team's undefeated season came to a crushing end when Alabama's Crimson Tide defeated the Irish in a 42-14 rout in the BCS National Championship. The Irish last won a national championship in 1988, beating West Virginia 34-21.

Golson, originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, left open the possibility of a return in 2014.

"At this point, I understand how my integrity could be in question but I want to reassure my supporters that through this experience I will return a better student athlete as well as a better individual," he said, thanking the university for "the opportunity going forth to regain my eligibility in the winter of 2014."

News of the suspension comes during an embarrassing year for the university's football program, which faced intense media scrutiny in January after reports surfaced that star linebacker Manti Te'o was the victim of an elaborate hoax involving a fake girlfriend.

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