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Notre Dame Quarterback Everett Golson Leaving Notre Dame

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So much for the quarterback competition/controversy/quality depth.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It's exam week for Notre Dame students. Some have already finished the semester. Everett Golson appears to be one of those students as he announce Thursday morning he'll be transferring from Notre Dame for his graduate season and be immediately eligible to play at another school in 2015.

Golson released a statement on his decision:

"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. "I would like to thank everyone at Notre Dame for the opportunity to compete at the highest level of college football, but most importantly to obtain my degree from one of the finest universities in the country. To all the Fighting Irish fans, I want to thank you for your support over the past four years and let you know I truly love Notre Dame. To my former teammates, who I will miss tremendously, I wish much success in the future and will be your biggest fan from afar.

"I will have no future comment at this time and ask that you respect my time as I figure out this live changing moment. God has a plan for each of us and I ask for your prayers as I move forward in this new journey in my life."

Obviously, we knew this could happen but after the way things played out in the spring it is still a bit of a shocker.

We'll have more thoughts on this news in the coming days and weeks as we process what this means for the Fighting Irish in 2015 and beyond.

UPDATE: STATEMENT FROM HEAD COACH BRIAN KELLY: