To what degree remains to be seen, but Everett Golson’s transfer to Florida State is a win-win for all parties. It’s a marriage of two new singles – both coming off complicated relationships full of memorable highs but fraught with rocky endings. Both are looking to fill voids in their lives and now have a fresh set of downs. It’s the divorcee linking up with the widower. The part of the divorcee is played by Golson. It was a relationship of ups and downs in South Bend. The highs came in the honeymoon phase when, as a redshirt freshman, Golson steered the Irish to a 12-0 regular season, coming just four quarters shy of the BCS Title. The long, sad fall began when Notre Dame lost at Florida State last October, starting a tumble in which the Irish dropped five of their last six games in 2014. It led Head Coach Brian Kelly to bench the one time apple of his eye. Not unlike other relationships, Golson and Kelly outgrew each other. No counseling could have saved it. The coach had eyes for a younger quarterback in Malik Zaire. From barber shops to hair salons, it was the talk of the town. And the spurned Golson wasn’t about to spend the December of his college eligibility looking over his shoulder only to become “the other quarterback.” Back in Tallahassee, Coach Jimbo Fisher and Florida State look at life as the widower would. Old photo albums with Jameis Winston will be reflected on fondly. However, it was a tumultuous union to be sure. One that brought the pairing the times of their lives… That National Championship, the Heisman. Those were the best of times. Nasty allegations and a suspension though will forever sting and be burned in the minds of some Seminole family members. And alas, time expired. For ‘Nole Nation, Golson isn’t Mister Right, but he’s most assuredly Mister Right Now. That’s because, through no fault of his own, junior Sean McGuire has little experience under center compared to Golson… just a so-so start last year while Winston sat the Clemson game after the cringe-worthy library rant. McGuire’s lack of reps and average showing in this Spring’s Garnett and Gold Game hardly make him the quarterback incumbent. So while Golson is no Winston 2.0 as an athlete or vocal leader, he fills the relationship void in a marriage of convenience as FSU merges its past with an uncertain future.
Tom James is a 2-time Edward R. Murrow Award-winning sportscaster, who does play-by-play & studio work for the ESPN Family of Networks (including ESPN Wide World of Sports, ESPN3, college football, basketball, & a wide array of other sports), CBS Sports Network, Lax Sports Network, & Pro Watercross. Tom also hosts and produces sports documentaries & is part of the weekly regionally syndicated college football radio show, "Southern Pigskin Tonight."