Dec 1, 2012; Waco, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Wes Lunt (11) warms up before the game against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cowboys 41-34. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football Roundtable: Should Illini Be Worried About Notre Dame Pursuing Wes Lunt?

The staff of Writing Illini gives their opinions about whether or not Illinois should be concerned about Wes Lunt transferring to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish just suspended their starting quarterback Everett Golson due to academic issues.

Austin: I think, in theory, Lunt could choose ND if offered. However, I really do not see that being a possibility. First of all, Golson has already stated and he will return to the Irish in 2014, meaning he will only miss one season. If Notre Dame were to get Lunt, with him having to sit out a year due to transfer rules, they would be back at square one with the 2014 season. IF Lunt would be able to play this season, I think it would be more of a possibility, but it really does not solve the issue as of now. Lunt would have a better chance of playing in a big bowl game at ND, sure, but there would be at least two other quarterbacks to beat out in competition, limiting his chances of actually gaining playing time. I don’t feel like this is a concern for Illinois, and I personally think Lunt would be unwise to choose the Irish over Illinois at this point.

Ricky: I think Illinois should be concerned, but not for long. Yes, ND was a championship contender last season, but will they be this season? Now, I know Everett Golson plans to come back to Notre Dame in the winter, but that doesn’t mean the school or the football team will take him back. That is the key.

If the Irish make a move at Lunt, I feel like he would be their starter in 2014. I feel ND would definately take Lunt over Golson because Lunt is an academic liability. When it comes to Illinois, they have Aaron Bailey who many think will be the future starter after Scheelhasse. Because of that, Illinois should be only a little concerned.

Ryan: If Notre Dame has interest, of course Wes Lunt could choose to go there instead of Illinois. If Notre Dame gets into the mix Illinois should absolutely be concerned if only because of the current state of Notre Dame Football versus the current state of Illinois Football. On one hand you have a team coming off an undefeated regular season and a title game appearance with a coach that is on the cusp of a contract extension. On the other, you have a 2-10 team that is trying their hardest to fill as many holes as possible from the JUCO ranks while also starting from scratch with a new OC, and whose own head coach might be in hot water if he doesn’t make significant improvements this season.

That said, Golson has went on the record stating his intent to regain his eligibility for the winter 2014 semester. So, Lunt would sit this year due to transfer rules, and then he could feasibly be stepping into a competition with the QB that led Notre Dame to this past seasons National Title game. This situation is much more complex than simply looking at the surface situations of each program, and Lunt would have to think long and hard about it which doesn’t leave much time before his reported self-imposed decision deadline of May 31st.

What do you think, Illini Nation? Should Illinois be worried about Wes Lunt possibly transferring to Notre Dame?

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