The staff of Writing Illini gives their opinions about whether or not the Illinois Fighting Illini should make a move to being ex-Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson to Champaign. Golson was suspended by Notre Dame due to “poor academic judgment.”
Ryan: No, Tim Beckman should not try and sway Everett Golson to come to Illinois in the wake of his dismissal from Notre Dame. The reasoning for such a definite answer is twofold in nature. Golson posted a 58.8% completion rate last season. Coach Cubit’s system needs an accurate pocket QB that has enough mobility to escape trouble if the pocket collapses, and Golson has a long way to go in becoming that type of passer.
On the academic side, the issues that cost Golson his status as a student athlete at Notre Dame would be just as detrimental to the culture that Coach Beckman is trying to instill at Illinois.
Taking on a quarterback with academic issues does not exemplify the type of individual that Illinois should be looking to install as a program leader going forward.
Austin: Golson would not really fit into the scheme that Cubit is planning on running here at Illinois. Cubit needs someone that is a good pocket passer, and as we saw with Golson last season, at just over 50%, his completions are not what the Illini are needing to be successful. On top of that, the academic issues are a concern. For several years now, Illinois has been one of the better academic institutions for student athletes, with several winning All Big Ten honors, and adding Golson would not send a good message, in my opinion, to the idea of “student first, athlete second”. I say run with Scheelhaase or Lunt and let Golson return to Notre Dame in 2014.
Ricky: One thing I like about Golson is that he has been to a National Championship game and knows what it takes to get there, but that isn’t enough for me to like him in Champaign. His football play style aside, Golson was suspended from ND because of academic issues. Why would Illinois want to bring that to their team? Plus, Illinois has quarterbacks for the future and could gain another one soon (Wes Lunt). If I’m Tim Beckman, I ignore that a SEC has asked about Everett Golson and just keep to the plan. That plan being in-state recruiting (Illini Nation).
What do you think, Illini Nation? Should Illinois make a move to recruit Everett Golson?
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