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Notre Dame DE transferring; USF in his future?

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After playing in 12 games as a freshman this past season, Notre Dame defensive end Aaron Lynch has decided to transfer from the Fighting Irish, the school announced today.

The release stated Lynch wished to be closer to his home state of Florida.

“Aaron recently approached me about his desire to leave Notre Dame and return to Florida,” coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “I’ve always known and appreciated the affinity Aaron has for his home in Florida. However, the stark reality is you can’t make it at Notre Dame if your head and heart are not here. I am proud of the effort Aaron made in the classroom and on the field at Notre Dame. I wish him all the best in the future.”

Lynch was one of the prize recruits of Notre Dame’s 2011 class, being listed as the third-best defensive end and 28th-best prospect overall, according to

“I want to thank Coach Kelly for giving me this great opportunity to attend Notre Dame and be part of the Fighting Irish football family,” Lynch said. “This was one of the toughest decisions I have had to make, but I want to go back home to Florida. I’m grateful to Coach Kelly for understanding and allowing me to return home.”

Where Lynch ends up will now be its own storyline, but the four-star athlete could end up at South Florida, a hub for transfers in recent years, according Josh Newberg of 247Sports. Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports later tweeted that Notre Dame would not release Lynch to Florida, Florida State or Miami.

Lynch started six games for Notre Dame as a true freshman last year. He recorded 33 tackles, seven tackles for loss and five and a half sacks.

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28 Responses to “Notre Dame DE transferring; USF in his future?”
  1. chitownjeff says: Apr 13, 2012 10:34 AM

    How fragile are these young men today.. the second things don’t fall into place they are requesting a release looking to get close to mom.. wow..

  2. bozosforall says: Apr 13, 2012 10:41 AM

    chitownjeff says:
    Apr 13, 2012 10:34 AM
    How fragile are these young men today.. the second things don’t fall into place they are requesting a release looking to get close to mom.. wow..

    Didn’t see you or any of the other arrogant Iwish fans complaining when Mamma’s Boy Kiel showed how fragile he was.

  3. cmb79 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:44 AM

    Man, this stings. :-(

  4. orthomarine says: Apr 13, 2012 11:04 AM

    Realistically he will only play 1 year at USF before jumping to the draft

  5. 1trojanlove says: Apr 13, 2012 11:11 AM

    Wow, it’s not like he rode the bench? Must have a falling out with the staff? Big time talent walking out the door, good luck!

  6. xtremesportsmaniac says: Apr 13, 2012 11:12 AM

    USF cleans up on these type of transfers!

  7. ndmick says: Apr 13, 2012 11:20 AM

    Doubt it was staff…it is on him…today these young men don’t always make the commitment….and he obviously let this wear on him. It is a major blow to the Irish…if people keep acting like South Bend is the end of the earth, it will impact future recruits on the bubble….sad day for ND.

  8. predicatepanda says: Apr 13, 2012 11:21 AM

    Academics? Homesickness? Doesn’t seem to be an issue with coaching or defensive schemes. Weird.

  9. fitz79 says: Apr 13, 2012 11:34 AM

    Are you kidding me?? What kind of a coach is Kelly if not only potential 5 star recruits but top talent on the team walks away. Why should we believe in Notre Dame football if even the players don’t? Pathetic.

  10. ndfan12345 says: Apr 13, 2012 11:52 AM

    am i wrong to hope that this turns out horribly for lynch?

  11. bozosforall says: Apr 13, 2012 11:58 AM

    ndfan12345 says:
    Apr 13, 2012 11:52 AM
    am i wrong to hope that this turns out horribly for lynch?

    Yes, you are a loser for wishing ill will on the guy. And if you do, karma will make sure that Gunner Kiel gets the same treatment that you wish on Lynch. It’s all on you.

  12. ndfan12345 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:18 PM

    i wish the best for greenberry, i even wish the best for shepard. recruiting is a giant circus, and it’s a totally different thing than quitting once you are a year into something. as someone currently paying tuition at nd, i’m pretty upset that this kid is getting to finish out the year for free. Kiel never signed a letter saying he’d play for IU or LSU. Lynch did sign such a letter at ND.

    but i actually don’t wish him ill for leaving ND. I wish him ill b/c i think he has no character. he’s clearly selfish, immature, and from all reports, is a cancer in the locker room. i wish anyone like that ill, and if he’s like that, i’m glad he’s not at ND. i’m not going to say this won’t make our team worse, b/c it obviously does, but i’d seriously rather not win if it means tolerating people like him. if he’s not like that, and he has some valid reason for quitting (like changed circumstances), then i wish him the best, and I hope he makes that reason public.

  13. burntorangehorn says: Apr 13, 2012 12:33 PM

    A lot of people are speculating about why he’s leaving, but really it looks like his stated desire to be closer to home is very plausible. There’s also the possibility that he might not feel like he’s a good fit for Notre Dame as a school, and that it actually has little or nothing to do with how well he fits the football program. Kids transfer for a lot of reasons, some good, some bad, but it’s not necessarily the case that he’s quitting, Kelly drove him away, or any of these other wild guesses.

  14. arizonapetdoctor says: Apr 13, 2012 1:18 PM

    I am truly enjoying how myopic some ND fans are (please note that I am not calling out all of the university’s fan base). The situation with gunner Kiel is different in that he did not sign a LOI, but the reason he gave (being closer to home etc) is no less valid. Questioning an athletes character, work ethic, locker room issues with out direct knowledge or citation of a source makes fans sound pathetic in their own right. As for wishing a player ill will? That makes you a douche (to use the parlance of our times). It is duly noted that no complaints were raised when Amir Carlisle transferred from USC to nd. In fact, most ND fans were ecstatic. As a USC fan myself, there was no indication that he was a cancer, immature, etc, etc. in fact he was by all reports a good teammate that just happened to get injured.

    In summary, fans need to realize that their comments (when unfounded and made of tabloid fodder) actually only reflect poorly on themselves and, by extension, their beloved university

  15. seanb20124 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:20 PM

    What is home, his mom lives in Ohio?

    Best of luck to him

  16. getsome99 says: Apr 13, 2012 2:13 PM


    It has been well known within the inner circle that Lynch was a problem in the locker room. The major difference with the Kiel situation and this one is you don’t see Brian Kelly bad mouthing Lynch as Les Miles did with Kiel.

  17. ibreathefootball says: Apr 13, 2012 2:36 PM

    5.5sacks, 7tfl, 2pbr, 1ff, 26 tackles (19solo), 14qbh

    Now that’s a statline of a 6’6″ 270lbs freshman DE that played against top notch talent, I am very intrigued to see where he ends up. Good luck!

  18. fnc111 says: Apr 13, 2012 3:06 PM

    As an ND fan I’m glad he is gone because this kid had to be cottled and stroked daily and he didn’t have any friends left in the lockeroom. The team risks going 5-7 this season but so be it. A player like this isn’t worth it.

  19. arizonapetdoctor says: Apr 13, 2012 3:08 PM


    the problem with listing the inner circle as a source is that there is no way to verify or validate that statement. Unless Kelly, university official, coaches, or players go on the record with those sentiments, it remains gossip. It very well may be true, however, as a group (all of us on CFT) should be wary of disparaging a 18-19 year old without requisite proof.

    The rumors are flying about certain players on my favorite team (USC), as they are at most college programs during this time of year. But these need to be taken with a grain of salt. Let’s reserve our venom for the coaches etc who seem to be making the criticism of a certain lost recruit a crusade, or show such low moral and ethical standards that they have had to be relieved of their duties. These are facts and can be discussed as so.

    Btw, has anyone checked on mrs lay to see if “she” is ok? Haven’t heard anything since the boisterous proclamations of petrinos potential innocence. Just wondering

  20. ajarkoski says: Apr 13, 2012 3:28 PM

    Guys do a lot of growing up in college and they start to see what is really important – like family and friends. I think being homesick is a given for any college kid. He gave his all on the field last season and you have to respect that! He also might have seen the dirty politics like how Dayne was treated. Go somewhere you are happy. Life is short. He doesn’t owe anyone anything. Best of luck to him.

  21. drjem says: Apr 13, 2012 3:49 PM

    TO: seanb20124

    His Mom may live in Ohio, BUT, Lynch lives in Central Florida. “I don’t know what happened?????

  22. getsome99 says: Apr 13, 2012 4:34 PM

    Agreed. The Kiel debate had more to do with Les Miles’ reaction. Although I am not 100% confident that Kelly will be able to turn around the Irish program at this point, he has shown some class with the decommits and transfers, unlike Miles.

    I think Mrs. Lay is back to doing what she does best. Baking cookies and doing the dishes.

  23. getsome99 says: Apr 13, 2012 4:38 PM

    Or is it possible that Mrs Lay is really Jessica Dorrell’s screen name?

  24. beedubyatoo says: Apr 13, 2012 4:46 PM

    ndfan12345 says:
    Apr 13, 2012 11:52 AM
    am i wrong to hope that this turns out horribly for lynch?
    In a word, yes.

  25. muir6 says: Apr 13, 2012 5:27 PM


  26. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Apr 13, 2012 6:06 PM

    first, shepherd left because of a previously undiagnosed heart condition to figure out how to address it..and the fact he hasnt enrolled anywhere indicates it may be serious.
    Now, theres a stark difference between Kiel and Lynch..Kiel never signed the commitment papers, Lynch did. But he apparently never liked the fact of having to live on campus, the weather, and missed his girl. While disappointed, hes a kid with a right to do what he wants…lets respect that guys.
    And lets squash those “kelly is at fault” rumors..he sent Ishaq home as well and told him also “make up your mind if you want to be here” far, hes excelling so he made the commitment…
    As noted, Lynch is going to leave as soon as he is eligible for the NFL, so its not a huge loss. It will benefit ND by giving others a shot who might want it more than he did.

  27. draftdoctor says: Apr 13, 2012 11:46 PM

    More evidence that ND is irrevelant .

  28. norcalirish says: Apr 14, 2012 7:43 AM


    Looks like ND is relevant enough for you to take time out of your slowly evaporating life to comment about us to complete strangers on an internet sports blog.

    Thanks for your time. 8:)

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