Despite rumored interest in South Carolina and Georgia, a report via 247Sports.com on Monday has Notre Dame transfer quarterback favoring Florida State.
“Barring a last-minute change of heart or any influence from elsewhere, [Florida State’s] where he’s headed,” Ryan Bartow wrote.
Florida State is certainly an intriguing possibility for Everett Golson. Notre Dame played the Seminoles in one of the most intense and controversial encounters of last season, which ended with Golson leading the Fighting Irish into the red zone, with an opportunity to end the defending champion’s unbeaten streak.
With Notre Dame’s Florida State date in the ACC crossover fulfilled, the Irish have no reason to bar Golson from joining Jimbo Fisher. Fisher could be the ideal mentor for Golson; the Seminoles head coach has a proven track record with quarterbacks, producing three straight first-round draft picks in Christian Ponder, E.J. Manuel and Jameis Winston.
Fisher’s track record with the position makes Florida State’s current quarterback quandary so confounding. Sean Maguire, who played against Clemson last season with Winston suspended, wasn’t overwhelmingly better than reserves De’Andre Johnson and J.J. Cosentino in spring.
Perhaps Fisher could work his magic with Everett Golson, whose 2014 was punctuated with erratic play. Golson’s performance against Florida State is a great example: He threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns, but was also intercepted two times.
Florida State learned to live with interceptions in exchange for big plays last season: Jameis Winston threw 18 interceptions, four more than Golson.
Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports
Golson is in a unique position with his graduate transfer in that Notre Dame has the power to prevent him from going to certain programs. He’s been barred from joining any of the Irish’s 2015 opponents and “certain Big Ten” programs.
If certain decision-makers in the NCAA have their way, Stewart Mandel writes, all graduate transfers will be subject to these rules.
“What message does that send to his teammates that have been sweating and bleeding with him for three years?” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said of former Eastern Washington standout Vernon Adams per CBSSports.com.
Adams is on his way to Oregon this summer. Bowlsby misses the irony of his own move up the career ladder, from Stanford athletic director to commissioner of a major conference.
Kevin Causey, The Student Section
It’s never too early to start the speculation for next year’s NFL draft. Expectations for Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg are already being set, and he is indeed among Friend of the Site Kevin Causey’s 10 potential No. 1 picks next spring.
Check out the entirely list, which includes a few surprises.
Chad Crippe, The Idaho Statesman
Deregulation of conference championship games prompted discussion of the Mountain West adopting a “two best” format, which last season would have meant a rematch between Boise State and either Colorado State, Air Force or Utah, rather than the putrid BSU-Fresno State meeting the divisions format produced.
Crippe reports the change in championship game format won’t happen — not now, at least — but the Mountain West is going to get aggressive about changing its TV deal.
The conference title game has aired on CBS, but no longer will after this season. Given that was the sole consolation of having much of the conference’s games relegated to the TV ghetto that is CBS Sports Network, the Mountain West has no reason to remain committed to CBS.
TV rights and distribution are hot-button topics in the Mountain West. With Boise State getting the most significant share, some programs are feeling the pinch. UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy told the Las Vegas Review-Journal last fall:
“It’s horrible. Everyone wants a piece of the pie. We’re no different. I’m concerned. Others are getting millions of dollars in this bonus system and we get nothing? It’s obviously a red flag.” She added, “We have to get it changed, because it’s not acceptable.”