Everett Golson, the dual-threat quarterback who was suspended from Notre Dame, blamed his "poor academic judgment" and said he plans to return to the university and its football team in 2014.
Neither Notre Dame nor Golson released further information on his transgression. In a statement released Friday, Golson said, "I take full responsibility for my poor choices and will do all that is asked of me to regain the trust of my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the entire Notre Dame community."
Golson became a leader on the Irish football team last season, helping Notre Dame to a 12-0 record in the regular season, the No. 1 national ranking and a place in the Bowl Championship Series national-title game, which Alabama won, 42-14.
The 6-foot, 185-pound junior passed for 2,405 yards and 12 touchdowns last season while completing 58.8% of his passes, six of which were intercepted. He also rushed for six touchdowns.
Golson's statement was directed to the Notre Dame family:
"Dear Notre Dame Community:
"I have been informed by the University of Notre Dame that due to my poor academic judgment that I have been suspended from the University for the 2013 Fall Term.
"I take full responsibility for my poor choices and will do all that is asked of me to regain the trust of my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the entire Notre Dame community.
"I chose to attend Notre Dame because of its mission to develop me both on and off the football field.
"My parents and the community I grew up in have instilled values in me that have and will continue to allow me to be successful in the future. There have been many lessons learned as I worked to become the starting quarterback at Notre Dame and each was a result of Coach Kelly's belief in me as an athlete and a person.
"At this point, I understand how my integrity could be in question but I want to reassure my supporters that through this experience I will return a better student athlete as well as a better individual.
"Lastly, I want to thank the University of Notre Dame for the opportunity already granted and also the opportunity going forth to regain my eligibility in the winter of 2014."