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Source: Two dozen schools have expressed interest in Everett Golson

About two dozen schools have expressed interest in Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, if the Irish quarterback decides to transfer, a source told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

Golson did not start the Irish’s Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl victory against LSU, prompting speculation that Golson would leave the school after the spring semester. Golson is scheduled to graduate from Notre Dame in May. At that point, he could transfer to another school, if he desires, to play his final season this fall.

Of the two dozen schools expressing interest in Golson, six were SEC schools, the source said. Golson has not contacted any schools about transferring, the source said.

Last Monday, the Times-Picayune reported that Golson had reached out to LSU about possibly transferring to the school. Later that day Golson tweeted: “Don’t believe everything you hear.”

On Thursday, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said: “I expect (Golson) to be back and competing for the starting position. I know he expects to be the starter.”

Golson has thrown for 5,850 yards, 41 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in two seasons with the Fighting Irish. He started 23 of 25 games. Sophomore Malik Zaire started for Golson in the Music City Bowl, with Golson coming off the bench in the second quarter.

Golson did not play during the 2013 season after he was suspended from Notre Dame for “poor academic judgment” and was not enrolled in the school. He returned to Notre Dame before the 2014 season.