>>Notre Dame Names Golson Starting Quarterback
(South Bend, IN) -- Everett Golson has made his way all the way back to starting under center for the Fighting Irish. ESPN.com reports Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has named Golson the starting quarterback for the second time in three seasons. The redshirt junior was suspended from school last fall for the entire 2013 season for "poor academic judgment." Golson helped the Irish to the BCS national title game during the 2012 season, starting 11 games and throwing for over 24-hundred yards and 12 touchdowns. He added nearly 300 yards rushing and six more scores. Notre Dame opens the season August 30th at home against Rice.
>>ASU Lineman Sarafin Comes Out As Gay
(Tempe, AZ) -- Arizona State senior offensive lineman Chip Sarafin is coming out as gay. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound backup revealed his sexuality to the Phoenix-based magazine "Compete." Sarafin came out to his Sun Devil teammates last spring saying, "It was really personal for me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly." He is believed to be the first openly gay major college player to publicly come out while still playing.
>>Michael Sam Congratulates Gay ASU Lineman For His Courage
(Undated) -- Michael Sam is offering words of encouragement to Arizona State University football player Chip Sarafin. Sam, who became the first openly gay football player to be drafted by the NFL this year, reached out to Sarafin via Twitter after the six-foot-six offensive lineman came out as gay in the Phoenix-based magazine "Compete." Sarafin is believed to be the first openly gay college player to publicly come out while still playing. Sam came out to his teammates last year while still playing collegiately for Missouri but did not publicly reveal his sexuality until after the season ended.
In his tweet Wednesday, the St. Louis Rams defensive end congratulated Sarafin for "having the courage to be yourself." He also wished him and his teammates much success this season.