On Monday the college football season ends, with either Notre Dame or Alabama adding another national championship to their storied programs.
Friday morning, Notre Dame redshirt freshman quarterback, Everett Golson – who led the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 season to this point – told the media that he would like to hit the hardwood, according to Gerry Ahern of USA Today.
“Basketball is my love,” Golson said Friday morning. “My primary (focus) right now is football. But I would like to have the chance of playing basketball someday here.”
Golson went on to say that he has discussed the possibility of playing basketball with Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, but it hasn’t gotten past that point. The Notre Dame signal caller had originally committed to North Carolina and talked to Roy Williams about being a two-sport collegiate athlete.
As a junior point guard at Myrtle Beach High School (S.C.), he led his team to a Class AAA state championship in 2008, averaging 19.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds on the season.
Maybe, Golson is right to think he can play college ball. In this poor quality video with his last name misspelled, the 6-foot Golson pulls off in-and-out pull up 3-pointer leaving his defender falling over.
Who knows? If Golson can deliver the Irish a national title over the defending champs, Brian Kelly might be inclined to let his first-year quarterback trade in the cleats for some basketball shoes for a few months, before spring practice starts.
As we’ve seen in the past, Mike Brey is a fan of the football team:
Golson has passed for 2,135 yards with 11 touchdowns – 16, including rushing touchdowns – and only five interceptions for the nation’s No. 1 team.
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — He’s back.
For the first time this season — and for the first time in more than a year that he hasn’t been hampered with some kind of foot or ankle injury — Marcus Paige donned a North Carolina jersey, and it didn’t take him long to find the form that made him the NBCSports.com Preseason National Player of the Year.
On the first Tar Heel possession, Paige came off of a ball-screen, drove the lane and found Kennedy Meeks at the rim for a layup. Not 30 seconds later, he came off of a down screen and buried a three. Paige would finish with 20 points and five assists as No. 9 North Carolina put together a fairly resounding win over No. 2 Maryland in the Dean Dome on Tuesday night, winning 89-81.
Paige finished 7-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, hitting a number of threes in the second half that helped hold off a Maryland push sparked by their own all-american point guard, Melo Trimble.
Trimble was erratic early on, committing three turnovers in the first six minutes and eight on the night, but it was his play at the end of the first half and early second half that kept North Carolina from blowing their doors. At one point, Maryland was down 32-19 and in danger of getting run out of Tobacco Road.
In total, Trimble finished with 23 points and 12 assists, hitting four big threes during that stretch. He either scored or assisted on 11 of Maryland’s first 12 second half field goals.
As good as Paige was, the bigger story may actually be Joel Berry II. He took two dumb threes in the first half — which played a role in Maryland being able to make this a game — and he missed a few free throws late, but overall he was terrific. He finished with 14 points and five assists, making 3-of-5 threes and turning the ball over just twice. He’s clearly beat Nate Britt out at the point guard spot, and his ability to take pressure off of Paige as a secondary ball-handler and playmaker is huge.
(More to come from Chapel Hill…)
North Carolina is hosting No. 2 Maryland in a heated contest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Terps sophomore guard Melo Trimble is playing very well and part of his performance was dropping North Carolina’s Nate Britt with a crossover in the second half.
(H/T: The Cauldron)