The Everett Golson saga is creeping into a week-long storyline around these parts, and no one is even sure if the former Notre Dame quarterback will even be eligible to play in the SEC.
Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have all been heavily linked to the graduate transfer, but it doesn't seem as though any teams are any closer to landing him. Alabama coach Nick Saban has been relatively quiet about Golson, while South Carolina's Steve Spurrier said he isn't pursing Golson at all. The Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, native announced earlier this month that he was going to transfer from Notre Dame.
Here's what Spurrier told Josh Kendall of of The State newspaper: "We are not pursing [Golson]. We are not really in that."
OK, but a couple of his conference mates were asked about Golson during Wednesday's Easter Division coaches call, too. However, neither Florida's Jim McElwain nor Georgia's Mark Richt had much of anything to say about Golson, who reportedly visited Florida on Tuesday and is supposedly visiting Georgia today or later this week.
"Per NCAA rules, he's a prospect so I can't really comment on that part," McElwain said. "The one thing that we are doing, however, and it's irregardless of whatever position it is, we're always looking to help the organization fill holes where needed. Obviously [Golson] mentioning us is something that's exciting, and at the same time, we're doing it at a lot of different spots."
In other words, McElwain isn't naming Golson publicly, but he's interested in having the quarterback. He has to be with neither Will Grier nor Treon Harris really standing out at quarterback this spring and with the announcement that backup quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg is transferring to Columbia.
While Mornhinweg started in the final three games of a dreadful 2013 season for the Gators -- losing to FCS foe Georgia Southern in the process -- he was behind both Grier and Harris, who started six games in 2014, this spring. However, that leaves the Gators with just two scholarship quarterbacks at the moment, so despite Golson's turnover issues (32 in two seasons), Florida could benefit from having another body in the quarterback rotation.
McElwain was asked if he would be interested in pursuing other eligible quarterbacks if Golson doesn't work out and he answered with the long form of a yes.
"That position, especially in this league now, you need to have some depth," he said. "We're constantly looking at that spot as well as some other spots on the roster to try to make sure we get some needed bodies in those areas.
"We look every single day to try and better the organization. If they're a fit, we'll go ahead and do everything we can to get our balance back to where it needs to be."
Mark Long of the Associated Press tweeted earlier that former Alabama and Oregon State quarterback Luke Del Rio is expected to enroll at Florida this summer.
Gators have two scholarship QBs now, but Luke Del Rio (Jack's kid) is expected to enroll later this summer
— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) May 13, 2015
McElwain was asked if he had accepted any incoming transfers, but declined to comment on that specifically.
That brings us to Richt, who had even less to say about Golson.
"Basically, I try to keep any prospects in the same vain, where I don't make any public comments on prospects," Richt said.
However, Richt did make it a point to say that the three quarterbacks he has -- Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Jacob Park -- could all start at Georgia this fall, even if there wasn't enough separation to name a starter coming out of spring.
"I think we've got guys who are capable of getting the job done," he said. "We've got three on scholarship, which is a number that's not -- I'd always feel better with four or five on scholarship, quite frankly, just as a normal practice. But we're just in a year where we have three. So we hope that everybody stays healthy and I think we've got some outstanding ballplayers."