Everett Golson, ended up being the biggest grad transfer of the year, landing at FSU.
Golson will play immediately at FSU, one of 10 schools on a list submitted to Notre Dame’s compliance department as his potential destinations. That list also included via ESPN Alabama, South Carolina and UCLA.
The Bruins weren’t interested at all, and when asked by Rich Eisen, Bruins head coach Jim Mora laid the smackdown on Golson.
“We never even talked about it,” head coach Jim Mora said today on the Rich Eisen Show. “I don’t want mercenaries on my team. I want guys that grew up in our culture and understand what we’re all about. I think that when you bring in a fifth-year guy, especially at a position like quarterback, he has too much influence on guys that I want to have influence on — our staff wants to have influence on, our other players. …
“In order to have sustained success, in my estimation, you have to have a culture. If you bring in mercenaries, you fracture that culture. I think Everett is a great quarterback. Obviously, Jimbo Fisher disagrees with me. He’s won a national championship. I haven’t. That’s just my feeling.”
That was harsh, but Mora eventually clarified his remarks, as reflecting his attitude toward the use of graduate transfers.