Despite Speculation, Gunner Kiel Will Not Return To Notre Dame

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A few months ago, former Notre Dame quarterback Gunnier Kiel made a decision to leave the university and transfer to Cincinnati, where he’d have a much better chance at playing time during his collegiate career. That decision was made largely due to the fact that Everett Golson, the Irish’ starter this past season, was just a freshman. Kiel could have been stuck as a backup for years, something he obviously wasn’t comfortable doing.

But even with the news that Golson is no longer enrolled at the school due to what appears to be an academic violation, Kiel will not return to ND. This morning, he told The Enquirer:

“I’m a Bearcat.”

Kiel actually would have been able to return to Notre Dame and not sit out a year – as John Infante points out. But if Kiel’s not interested, that doesn’t matter.

Due to transfer rules, Kiel will have to sit out the 2013-2014 season at Cincinnati. He will be eligible to play the following year.

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