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05/20/15 - Ebenezer Ogundeko/2017, Clemson, 6-3, 228 (DS#999 DE)
Clemson backup defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko has been dismissed from the football team after he was arrested and charged with financial transaction fraud for altering a credit card used to purchase gift cards. The 19-year-old Ogundeko and 19-year-old Kalia Broome were discovered with 29 gift cards in their possession. Ogundeko acknowledged working with another person to change the card. A police report states that Ogundeko told police that Broome had promised to put money on his debit card because "he needed money bad so he didn't ask questions." Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement that Ogundeko was dismissed on Tuesday for violating team rules. Ogundeko, from Brooklyn, New York, made five tackles last season. He was expected to compete for a bigger role this season. - AP Sports

05/20/15 - Boaz JosephrSo/2018, Nebraska, 6-1, 190 (DS#999 CB)
Nebraska reserve defensive back Boaz Joseph has been fined $300 for marijuana possession. Joseph had a charge for possession of drug paraphernalia dropped during his sentencing Tuesday in Lancaster County Court. University police last month found marijuana in a tobacco tin in Joseph's room at his Lincoln apartment. Officers were there to execute a search warrant in connection with an unrelated fraud investigation. Two other people were ticketed for having drugs and paraphernalia. Coach Mike Riley has not commented on the case. Joseph had been ticketed last June for bike theft in Lincoln. That case was dismissed in December after he completed a pre-trial diversion program. - AP Sports

05/19/15 - Everett GolsonrSr/2016, Florida State, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 QB)
Golson chooses Florida State...Florida State landed the services of a player who nearly single-handedly beat the Seminoles last year: former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson. Golson announced his decision to leave South Bend on Tuesday, ending months of speculation about where the former Fighting Irish starter would land after he publicly declared last year that he wanted to play his final season elsewhere. Golson graduated from Notre Dame on Sunday, making him eligible to immediately transfer to any Division I program, per NCAA rules. "I cannot wait to get started," Golson, who came one play from knocking off No. 2 FSU last fall before Notre Dame lost 31-27, told Fox Sports shortly after the announcement. "To coach Jimbo Fisher, the Florida State football team, staff, alumni and fans, thank you for allowing me to become part of the Seminoles family."

Golson's arrival immediately improves Florida State's quarterback situation, which was riddled with uncertainty after the departure of Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, a sophomore who left school early and was ultimately chosen No. 1 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in last month's NFL Draft. Before Golson, Florida State appeared ready to turn to junior Sean Maguire, whose brief stints subbing for Winston last year were shaky, completing 38 of 70 passes for 455 yards and three touchdowns with four interceptions. Maguire has started just one game in his career. Meanwhile, Golson has 25 starts under his belt, including in the 2012 BCS National Championship game, which the Irish lost to Alabama.

Golson, a dual-threat quarterback that Florida State hasn't seen in years, missed the 2013 season because of an academic violation but returned with a vengeance last season, passing for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also rushed for eight touchdowns. In the Fighting Irish's loss to the Seminoles on Oct. 18. Golson was 31-of-52 passing for 313 yards and three scores. - The Sports Xchange

05/18/15 - Braxton MillerrSr/2016, Ohio State, 6-1, 215 (DS#999 QB)
Ohio State AD Gene Smith: Braxton Miller told me he's staying...Braxton Miller still hasn't made any public comment on his future with Ohio State, letting the rumor mill concerning a possible trandferchurn. But his athletic director told ElevenWarriors.com last Thursday that in private, Miller has pledged to remain in Columbus for his senior season. "He's not going anywhere," Gene Smith said. "Where's the rumors? He's never said [he would leave]." That someone as close to the situation as Smith would go on record with this much confidence that his former Heisman candidate quarterback didn't want a transfer -- he repeated himself that Miller is "not going anywhere" -- might be the most positive sign for Buckeyes fans yet.

At the same time, though, there is one minor catch: Smith said the conversation when Miller assured him he would remain in Columbus happened (in Smith's words) "well before spring ball." "He's working out in the weight room and we got into a conversation and I just asked him, I said, 'You good? All these rumors out there, you good? You need some help if you want to transfer?'" Smith said. "He said, 'Mr. Smith, I'm not going anywhere. I love it here.'" Smith wrapped up the interview by arguing a transfer "would have happened" already if that was what Miller wanted, and he has a point -- with spring practice now a month in the rearview mirror and August already on the distant horizon, time is unquestionably running short. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

05/18/15 - Darius JamesrSo/2018, Auburn, 6-5, 311 (DS#999 OG)
Former five-star Texas OT Darius James transferring to Auburn...Another high-profile transfer is on his way to Auburn. Former Texas guard and class of 2013 five-star recruit Darius James will transfer into Gus Malzahn's program, 247Sports reported Sunday. James confirmed earlier this month he was leaving the Longhorns, becoming the fifth Texas offensive lineman to depart Austin since Charlie Strong's hire. James has confirmed the transfer to the Austin American-Statesman. The Harker Heights, Texas native appeared in six games as a redshirt freshman in 2014, starting two before a November knee injury ended his season.

He was reportedly granted an unconditional release by Strong before visiting Auburn this weekend. James will be forced to sit out the 2015 season and is expected to have two seasons of eligibility remaining. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound James was the highest-ranked member of Texas's 2013 recruiting class, with the 247Sports composite calling him the No. 1 guard in the country and the No. 34 player overall. James' decision comes only nine days after three-star Ohio State cornerback signee Jamel Dean tweeted that he would transfer to Auburn after being ruled medically unable to play for the Buckeyes. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

05/18/15 - Derrick MoncriefSr/2016, Auburn, 6-2, 218 (DS#999 SS)
Three Auburn defensive backs elect to transfer...How thin was Auburn's secondary during spring practice? When asked who the team's third safety was, Will Muschamp told reporters "you're looking at him." And unfortunately for the first-year defensive coordinator, the issue of depth in the secondary only seems to be getting worse. Auburn confirmed Friday the transfer of three defensive backs: safety Derrick Moncrief, cornerback Kamryn Melton and cornerback Joe Turner. Neither Melton (who appeared in three 2013 games before suffering a knee injury) nor JUCO transfer Turner appeared in a 2014 game. But Moncrief, the No. 1 JUCO safety in the class of 2013, played in all 13 games for Auburn a season ago. He finished with 27 tackles, including six each in the Tigers' dramatic win over Ole Miss and the Outback Bowl loss to Wisconsin. But during Auburn's spring game Moncrief played mostly with the Tigers' second-string at the Sam/Nickel position, and indicated he wanted a different role elsewhere.

"I came in as the No. 1 safety in the country and things are just not going well there," Moncrief told the Montgomery Advertiser on Friday. "But Auburn was a good place, I just want to thank them for everything, for them recruiting me, and I wish them the best of luck." Moncrief, Melton and Turner become the third, fourth and fifth defensive backs to transfer out of Auburn this offseason. Former four-star corner Kalvaraz Bessent left the program in February, and safety Mackenro Alexander transferred to South Florida last December. The Tigers now have only nine scholarship defensive backs on the roster, with four signees expected to join the secondary in the fall. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

05/18/15 - Bryce DixonSo/2018, Southern California, 6-4, 240 (DS#999 TE)
USC announces TE Bryce Dixon no longer with team...USC lost a potential starter at tight end Thursday when it announced sophomore Bryce Dixon would not return to the team after missing time during spring camp, FightOn247.com reported. Citing privacy laws, the school did not specify a reason for Dixon's departure. The former four-star recruit from Ventura, Calif. was removed from spring practice over what the Los Angeles Times called "an unspecified student-conduct issue."

Dixon led the Trojans tight ends with 198 receiving yards in 12 appearances as a freshman, his 14.1 yards-per-reception average the highest among any USC player with more than three catches for the season. With senior Randall Telfer (21 receptions, 197 yards) graduated, Dixon had been expected to see an even larger role in the offense. Per FightOn247.com, Dixon's departure leaves Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick the lone scholarship tight end on the roster. The redshirt junior has three career receptions and missed the 2014 season due to academic ineligibility. In other words: incoming four-star signee Tyler Petite may need to play -- and play well -- a lot sooner that your usual freshman tight end. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

05/16/15 - Greyson LambertrJr/2017, Virginia, 6-5, 225 (DS#999 QB)
Former starting quarterback and co-captain Greyson Lambert is joining the run of prominent players transferring from Virginia. Lambert announced his intention in a post on Twitter on Saturday, the same day he received his degree. The redshirt junior becomes the third consecutive incumbent starting quarterback to leave the Cavaliers since 2012, and leaves Matt Johns as the only scholarship quarterback on the roster until June. Since 2012, seven quarterbacks have transferred, including 2012 starter Michael Rocco, 2013 starter David Watford, Ross Metheny, Phillip Sims, Michael Strauss and, earlier this week, redshirt freshman Corwin Cutler, who made a similar announcement on Twitter.

In his extensive Twitter post, Lambert thanked London and the coaching staff, support staff and academic staff for their impact on his time at Virginia, but gave no reason for his decision. As a graduate, he will be available to play immediately when he chooses a new program to join. His departure comes less than a year after he was heralded as the answer to Virginia's long-running search for a quarterback. But he was benched before halftime in the opener against UCLA and shared the job with Johns the rest of the season. Johns won the starting job this year in spring practice. In a news conference after releasing the depth chart, London said the battle for the top spot "wasn't close." Lambert played in 16 games at Virginia, starting nine last season. For his career, he completed 187 of 336 passes (55.7 percent) for 1,972 yards with 11 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Blessed with a powerful arm, he had moments of brilliance but struggled with poor decision-making. - AP Sports

05/16/15 - Josh GradyrSr/2016, Vanderbilt, 6-0, 202 (DS#999 QB)
Former Vanderbilt quarterback/receiver Josh Grady has landed at Florida. The Gators announced Friday that Grady has enrolled in classes and will be eligible to play this fall. Grady graduated from Vanderbilt last week, and the Southeastern Conference approved his transfer. Grady could play receiver or provide quarterback depth for the Gators, who are down to just two scholarship signal callers following Skyler Mornhinweg's recent transfer. The 6-foot, 200-pound senior from Tampa, Grady played receiver and quarterback at Vanderbilt but didn't see much action at either spot. He completed 3 of 7 passes for 27 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He also caught seven passes for 89 yards, and ran 11 times for 20 yards. - AP Sports

05/14/15 - Blake CountessrSr/2016, Michigan, 5-10, 183 (DS#999 CB)
Michigan CB Blake Countess says he'll transfer on Instagram...Not everyone, apparently, is sold on the Jim Harbaugh experience at Michigan. Multi-year Wolverines cornerback starter Blake Countess posted an image to Instagram on Wednesday celebrating his graduation ... and announcing that he has "decided to play my final year of eligibility elsewhere." Countess appeared in 38 games during his three seasons at Michigan, starting 30, and was named first-team All-Big Ten after a sophomore season in which he tied for the conference lead in interceptions.

Though Countess (like virtually all of his teammates) struggled at times during his 2014 junior season, he was still named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and projected as an almost-certain starter for the Wolverines this coming season. Michigan has not yet confirmed Countess's transfer. After Countess's decision, the incoming graduate transfer of Stanford corner Wayne Lyons -- finally made official this week after first being reported in February -- becomes all the more critical for coordinator D.J. Durkin's overhauled Michigan defense. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

05/13/15 - Blake TibbsrJr/2017, Georgia, 6-1, 180 (DS#999 WR)
Georgia wide receiver Blake Tibbs, who couldn't earn a prominent role in Georgia's offense the last two seasons, will transfer to another school for his final two years of eligibility. Tibbs, from Lithonia, Georgia, had two catches for 25 yards in 2014. He had two catches for 18 yards as a freshman in 2013. He played in 15 games in two years, including 13 last season. Georgia coach Mark Richt said in a statement he understands Tibbs' decision that a transfer "would be in his best interest." - AP Sports

05/13/15 - Keith FordJr/2017, Oklahoma, 5-11, 206 (DS#999 RB)
Former five-star RB Keith Ford to transfer from Oklahoma...Former five-star running back recruit Keith Ford is officially transferring out of Oklahoma. Bob Stoops confirmed in March that Ford had been suspended indefinitely for both academic and team rules violations, and Wednesday the rising junior issued a statement saying he would be starting a "new chapter" at another school. The No. 4 running back and No. 24 prospect overall in the class of 2013, Ford made a limited impact as a freshman before carrying 71 times for 392 yards and scoring six total touchdowns in 2014 -- good enough to finish as the Sooners' third-leading rusher, despite only appearing in eight games due to injury. But with top two rushers Samaje Perine and Alex Ross returning (and fellow former five-star Joe Mixon expected to rejoin the team after his year-long suspension), Ford's suspension meant any increase in playing time might have been hard to come by. GigEm247.com reported Wednesday that the Cypress, Texas, native would be interested in a possible transfer to Texas A&M. Ford would be required to sit out a redshirt season but would have two seasons of eligibility remaining. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

05/13/15 - Skyler MornhinwegrJr/2017, Florida, 6-2, 212 (DS#999 QB)
Florida is down to two scholarship quarterbacks. Coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday on a Southeastern Conference coaches' call that Skyler Mornhinweg left the program and intends to transfer to Columbia University. Mornhinweg's decision leaves the Gators with just redshirt freshman Will Grier and sophomore Treon Harris on scholarship. Citing NCAA rules, McElwain declined to say whether former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson visited Florida on Tuesday as reported. Golson visited Florida State on Monday, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed, and reportedly has several other trips planned. Former Alabama and Oregon State quarterback Luke Del Rio is expected to land at Florida later this summer. Del Rio is the son of former Jacksonville Jaguars coach and current Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio. He played high school ball in nearby Jacksonville and Denver. Golson is transferring as a graduate student, meaning he would be eligible to play immediately. - AP Sports

05/13/15 - Dhaquille WilliamsSr/2016, Auburn, 6-2, 216 (DS#1 WR)
Gus Malzahn addresses transfer-hinting Duke Williams tweets...For now, the panic among Auburn fans concerning star wideout D'haquille "Duke" Williams' future has subsided. But that doesn't mean Gus Malzahn is thrilled the panic ever existed. Williams sent -- and later deleted -- a string of tweets last Wednesday that suggested he was considering a transfer out of Auburn, saying he would "see what my options [are] after my last exams," deploying the hashtag "#NewBeginning," and labeling something (presumably his time at Auburn) "fun while it lasted." Tweets from Williams and Auburn receivers coach Dameyune Craig appear to have put the transfer talk behind both parties, but Malzahn still didn't sound pleased at a Monday night fan event.

"Kids are going to be kids," Malzahn said, per the Montgomery Advertiser. "We've got to do a better job with what we tweet out ..."As a head coach I'm aware of everything as far as [Williams' social media presence] goes. Like I said, we have to do a better job in the future." Williams did not play in the Tigers' Outback Bowl loss to Wisconsin after an off-field issue, but had earned praise from Craig during the team's spring camp. Williams led Auburn in receptions and finished a narrow second in receiving yards in 2014, despite only appearing in 10 games due to injury and the bowl suspension. If -- as Craig tweeted -- everything really is "Gucci" between Auburn and its No. 1 wideout, Williams could have a massive year as the top target for strong-armed new starter Jeremy Johnson. But forgive Auburn fans if they remain somewhat nervous until fall camp actually opens. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

05/13/15 - Dennis NorfleetSr/2016, Michigan, 5-07, 167 (DS#999 WR)
Report: Michigan dismisses Norfleet...Michigan wide receiver and return specialist Dennis Norfleet is apparently no longer a member of the team. MLive.come reported Tuesday that Dale Harvel, Norfleet's high school coach in Detroit, said the Wolverines senior was removed from coach Jim Harbaugh's team. "Evidently, he was dismissed from the team, Dennis informed us he was no longer on the team," Harvel told MLive.com. "Something about a disciplinary thing between him and Coach Harbaugh. Whether it was academics or something internal, I'm not sure. He just said they had a disagreement and he was let go."

An additional report suggested the possibility of academics as the cause for Norfleet's dismissal after he allegedly skipped several final exams in April. Norfleet set Michigan career records for most kickoff returns with 94 and kickoff return yardage with 2,203 in three years. At the end of spring practice, Harbaugh indicated that he might use Norfleet on offense, defense and special teams in 2015. The Norfleet news comes a day after Michigan made headlines for self-reporting minor NCAA violations under Harbaugh. - The Sports Xchange

05/13/15 - Andre Sims Jr.rSr/2016, Michigan State, 5-08, 193 (DS#999 WR)
Michigan State wide receiver Andre Sims has been released from his scholarship so he can complete his final year of eligibility elsewhere after graduating last week. Sims earned a degree in journalism. Coach Mark Dantonio says the Spartans wish him the best of luck entering his final season. Sims caught 13 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in three seasons with the Spartans. - AP Sports

05/13/15 - J.C. Jackson/2018, Florida, 5-10, 175 (DS#999 CB)
Talented and troubled cornerback J.C. Jackson is no longer enrolled at Florida following an arrest. Coach Jim McElwain says Wednesday that Jackson is not taking summer classes. Jackson is charged with three counts of armed robbery stemming from an April 18 incident in Gainesville. McElwain says Jackson is "dealing with some things outside that are a lot bigger than the Florida Gators." According to Gainesville Police, Jackson entered the apartment of an acquaintance and was followed by two other men. Jackson left to take a phone call, and the other men pulled out a handgun and robbed the resident and two visitors. Jackson missed last season following shoulder surgery, but was expected to start opposite Vernon Hargreaves III this fall. He was considered one of the most athletic players on the roster. - AP Sports

05/13/15 - Dennis NorfleetSr/2016, Michigan, 5-07, 167 (DS#999 WR)
Michigan says wide receiver Dennis Norfleet's status is an "internal matter" after his high school coach said he was no longer a member of the Wolverines. Detroit King coach Dale Harvel told The Detroit News and MLive.com on Tuesday that Norfleet was dismissed from the team. The 5-foot-7 Norfleet has caught 21 passes for 157 yards in three seasons at Michigan. He has made a bigger impact on special teams, averaging 23.4 yards per kick return. - AP Sports

05/13/15 - Everett GolsonrSr/2016, Florida State, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 QB)
Everett Golson has met with Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher about the possibility of the former Notre Dame quarterback transferring to the Seminoles. Fisher said Tuesday at the Atlantic Coast Conference spring meetings that Golson visited Florida State's Tallahassee campus on Monday. "We're negotiating," Fisher said about Golson. "He's a great young man. I really enjoyed getting to know him. Good player. Played really good against us." Golson is apparently on Florida tour this week. SI.com reported Golson was in Gainesville, Florida, on Tuesday meeting with Gators coach Jim McElwain.

Florida State is looking for a replacement for Jameis Winston, who was the first overall pick in the NFL draft last month. Sean Maguire, who started one game last season as Winston's backup, left spring practice as the Seminoles top quarterback. Maguire is by far the most experienced quarterback on Florida State's roster, but is not nearly as accomplished as Golson. Fisher said he would not promise playing time to any player and that it was up to Golson if he wanted to join the Seminoles. "It's an open competition and I communicate with everybody," Fisher said of Florida State's quarterback situation. "We've got to do what gives us the best chance to be successful." - AP Sports

05/13/15 - Wayne LyonsrSr/2016, Michigan, 6-1, 196 (DS#999 CB)
Michigan announced Monday that cornerback Wayne Lyons is joining the team as a graduate transfer from Stanford. Lyons will be eligible to play this season. He is expected to graduate Stanford in June with a degree in architectural design. Lyons appeared in 43 games for the Cardinal, posting 128 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. He will enroll in Michigan's school of social work and pursue a master's degree in community organization. - AP Sports

05/13/15 - Marshaun CoprichSr/2016, Illinois State, 5-09, 205 (DS#999 RB)
Authorities say Illinois State University running back Marshaun Coprich is facing a drug charge and has been suspended from the team. McLean County authorities say Coprich has been preliminarily charged with felony distribution of 10 to 30 grams of marijuana. Court records indicate he hasn't yet been arraigned or entered a plea. Coprich is free on $2,025 bail. Illinois State coach Brock Spack said in a news release that Coprich has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules, but didn't elaborate. Coprich was a College Football Championship Subdivision All American last fall. He set school records with 2,274 yards rushing and 27 rushing touchdowns. - AP Sports

05/07/15 - John Ross IIIJr/2017, Washington, 5-11, 182 (DS#999 WR)
Speedy Washington wide receiver/defensive back John Ross III will miss the season after suffering a leg injury during spring practice. Washington announced Ross' injury Thursday. Ross, a sophomore last fall, had minor knee surgery following the 2014 season but suffered a leg injury doing light work on the side during spring drills. The school did not specify the nature of Ross' injury. The loss of Ross takes away possibly Washington's most dynamic playmaker. Ross only had 17 catches last season, but caught four touchdowns and averaged more than 21 yards per reception. Ross also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and has three kickoff returns for scores in his two seasons, with a few of others called back by penalties. Ross was an honorable mention all-Pac-12 selection as a return specialist last season, but also showed his athleticism starting three games at wide receiver and four at cornerback when the Huskies needed additional depth in the secondary. - AP Sports

05/07/15 - Cardale JonesrJr/2017, Ohio State, 6-5, 250 (DS#1 QB)
Once burned on Twitter, Cardale Jones certainly isn't shy. The quarterback who came out of nowhere to lead Ohio State to the national championship in January has had a busy 24 hours posting tweets. First he cheered on his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the NBA playoffs Wednesday night. During a timeout, he and several Ohio State teammates were introduced at Quicken Loans Arena and Jones told the crowd that he wanted LeBron James and his teammates to bring "another championship to Ohio." While Jones was speaking on the arena microphone, Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah reportedly could be seen saying, "You ain't in the SEC." Uh, those are fighting words for the Buckeyes, who have heard a lot of putdowns over the years because they play in the Big Ten, which at least before the Buckeyes' title run was often perceived to be inferior to the Southeastern Conference with Alabama, Auburn, Florida and others. Noah, by the way, went to Florida. Told of the insult, Jones tweeted that Noah should "watch yo mouth before I give you these hands chump." He also vowed that he would be at Noah's "neck the rest of the series for that comment."

On Thursday, Jones tweeted his disappointment that the Cleveland Indians have not asked him to throw out a first pitch, as Buckeyes tailback Ezekiel Elliott recently did at a game for his hometown St. Louis Cardinals and coach Urban Meyer, a Cincinnati native, did at a Reds home game. "I'm just saying @Indians @EzekielElliott thinks his hometown loves him more than my hometown loves me because he throw out the first pitch," Jones tweeted. The Indians quickly replied, "Let's make it happen!" Jones has more than 170,000 followers on Twitter stunning for a player with a grand total of three collegiate starts. And that number is growing despite no guarantee he'll start for the Buckeyes this coming season. - AP Sports

05/07/15 - *Todd GurleyJr/2015, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law the "Todd Gurley bill," making it a crime punishable by up to a year in jail to entice student athletes to break NCAA rules by taking money. Deal's office said Thursday that he had signed House Bill 3, numbered to reflect the jersey number of the famous University of Georgia running back who was kicked off the Bulldogs' football team for four games last fall for accepting money for autographs. Gurley was the 10th overall pick in the NFL draft last week. Gurley was a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy last year before the autograph suspension. Then he suffered a year-ending knee injury his first game back and announced in December he'd end his collegiate career for the NFL. - AP Sports

05/07/15 - Everett GolsonrSr/2016, Florida State, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 QB)
Quarterback Everett Golson announced Thursday he is transferring from Notre Dame for his final season of eligibility, ending an up-and-down career for the Fighting Irish that included a trip to the national championship game and a season lost to a suspension over academics. "After much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided that it is in my best interest to graduate from Notre Dame and transfer to another school effectively immediately," Golson said in a statement released to Fox Sports. Golson thanked Notre Dame fans for their support and asked for privacy during what he called a life-changing moment. A call to his cellphone by The Associated Press wasn't immediately returned.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly issued a statement thanking Golson and wishing him well. "He had many significant achievements, including helping us to an undefeated regular season and berth into the national title game," Kelly said. Golson's time at Notre Dame was tumultuous. He led the Irish to a 12-0 regular season in 2012 and a berth in the title game, where Notre Dame lost 42-14 to Alabama. He was then suspended from school in the fall of 2013 for academic impropriety. - AP Sports

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