Kelly: Vanderdoes and Golson accountable
BRIDGMAN, Mich. — Coach Brian Kelly says Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson and, former Placer High school 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, who helped the Fighting Irish go 12-0 during the regular season and get to the BCS title game against Alabama, 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 high school recruit from Auburn, 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 said there are circumstances that he might let a player out of a letter of intent, but didn’t specify what those would be. Kelly said it was the first time in his 23 years as a head coach that a player had sought to get out of a letter of intent and he thought it was important to protect the integrity of the process.
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