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Notre Dame QB Everett Golson still has hoop dreams

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Everett Golson will be the starting quarterback for Notre Dame in the national championship game. In terms of college athletics, it doesn't get much better than that.

But the way Golson talks, it sounds like he'd almost rather be on a basketball court in Cincinnati on Monday night.

"Obviously, basketball is my love," he said Friday. "That's what I love. But my primary right now is football."

Golson said he has talked with coach Mike Brey about playing basketball for the Irish, but nothing really came out of it.

"I'd like to say I would like to have the chance of playing basketball someday here," he said. "But like I said, football is my primary, and what I'm focused on right now is the national championship."

Golson led Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High to a state basketball championship as a freshman starting point guard in 2008. He was an all-state pick as a junior after averaging 19.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. Golson actually originally committed to play at North Carolina. He was asked Friday if he'd be playing both sports if he had remained with the Tar Heels.

"Maybe so, but you can never say," he said.

At this point, a bemused Chuck Martin -- Notre Dame's offensive coordinator -- chimed in.

"He's pretty good at his hobby, this being his hobby," he said. "Primary love's basketball, [if football] is just what he does on the side, he's actually pretty decent at it."

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