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With Lynch leaving Notre Dame, USF pursuing eligibility waiver

May 10, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

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As expected, South Florida is pursuing a waiver to let former Irish defensive end Aaron Lynch played in 2012. Bulls head coach Skip Holtz, while hosting an interactive Google+ Hangout, mentioned the process of getting Lynch integrated into the South Florida football program. (Fast-forward to around minute 17 for the Lynch talk.)

“Right now, the NCAA rule is if you transfer from D-I to D-I, you have to sit for a year unless there’s some extenuating circumstances,” Holz said during the fan chat. “And there are some things there that we’ll look at to see if that’s a possibility. Right now, looking at Aaron Lynch, he would have to sit for a year and then after that year, he would have three years of eligibility unless the waiver with the NCAA is heard and approved, then he would be granted permission. But at this point, that would be way too early and would put the cart before the horse.”

Lynch’s case has been well documented. After a freshman season that earned rookie All-American kudos for leading the Irish in sacks, Lynch walked away from the Irish football program in the middle of spring practice. After talking with his family and returning to campus, Lynch made the unilateral decision to leave South Bend and move closer to his girlfriend and his roots back in Florida.

What the NCAA will rule is anybody’s guess. Notre Dame was the recent beneficiary of one waiver, with Amir Carlisle granted immediate eligibility after leaving Southern Cal and coming to the Irish football program after his father’s new job with Purdue moved the entire family to Indiana. Just today, Michigan State announced that DeAnthony Arnett, a freshman wide receiver that played last season for Tennessee, would be eligible immediately to play for his home-state Spartans. Arnett wanted to return to Michigan to help his family as his father’s health started to fail, and what ensued was a lot of egg on Vols coach Derek Dooley’s face.

Yet Lynch’s case might most closely resemble that of former Oklahoma Sooner Justin McCay. McCay transferred to home-state Kansas and was denied his request for immediate eligibility by the NCAA. Head coach Charlie Weis disagreed with the ruling, commenting to the Kansas City Star that the NCAA denied the request because “there wasn’t that one catastrophic event evident to rule in his favor.”

(Weis, as you’d expect, had even more to say: “I’m extremely disappointed that common sense did not prevail,” Weis said in a statement. “I have read all of the information on this case and it is a shame that this case resulted in a rejection. I cannot release all of the details of Justin’s case as it would be an invasion of his privacy.

“I can only say that the University of Kansas felt the evidence was overwhelmingly in his favor. I also do not understand why the NCAA had us appeal this case to the subcommittee only to have received the same answer with the same rationale.”)

With Lynch’s mother and siblings relocated to Ohio, it’s hard to say there’s a “catastrophic event” that will allow Lynch to play immediately. Homesickness, and a girlfriend that’s at a nearby college most likely won’t be enough to have the NCAA grant a waiver, especially with the decision being against the wishes of Lynch’s mother, who picked her son up from school this week with no plans of returning to South Bend.

Lynch is scheduled to enroll in the second session of summer school at USF.


  1. barneysbullet - May 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Brandon Jacobs to Charlie Wies; “Shut up fat boy.”

  2. 9irish - May 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I think this falls into my, “I really don’t care” file.

  3. domer77blowsgoats - May 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Since he was picked up from campus this week can this be the last post we hear about this quitter?

    Exhibit A in NCAA rejection rationale – “see Momma Lynch’s Twitter account = take a seat for a year”

    • nudeman - May 10, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Wow, breakthrough insight from Goat, as usual

      But I have to agree with 9. Don’t care. Next story please.

      • don74 - May 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        It’s the OFF season. Can you guys stop with the he said/he said. Whether it’s goat calling out nude or nude calling out goat it is neither funny nor enlightening. Nude can be funny at times and yes he sometimes continues till long after the horse is horizontal. Goat sometimes has things to add but for the sake of all of us please stop the bickering. We already know one or the other is going to take a poke. I feel like I’m on a long car trip, the kids are in the back seat and after 200 miles of fighting the DMZ is declared to be the middle of the back seat. Another 100 miles of boredom and the kids are at it, not to get each other but simply to piss off the front seat passengers. My goodness, put down the sticks until TR is named game 1 starter. Thanks.

      • bernhtp - May 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        I’m OK with snarky comments; just make them more creative and funnier. Otherwise, hold off until an intelligent thought hits that will amuse the rest of us.

      • nudeman - May 10, 2012 at 6:29 PM

        “Otherwise, hold off until an intelligent thought hits ”

        You DO realize that this will knock goat off the board for a good 6 months, don’t you?

      • bernhtp - May 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM

        It was just a suggestion to up your game. Also:

  4. bernhtp - May 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Unless there is something material no one knows or even hints at, I don’t see Aaron getting a waiver for this year. I hope his girlfriend is worth it because this is really going to cost him.

    • andy44teg - May 11, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      I heard from a very reliable source down in FL that she has a v@& made of pure gold

      • bernhtp - May 11, 2012 at 10:57 AM

        Ouch! That’s some crazy fetish.

      • andy44teg - May 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM

        not gold as in gold…but gold as in really really really really awesome

      • bernhtp - May 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM

        Is this a fact widely known through first-hand experience?

      • andy44teg - May 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        No, man…like I previously said…”I heard from a very reliable source…”…so that would make it….let’s see…since the source isn’t Lynch….carry the 1…3RD-hand….

  5. poppajohn818 - May 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    He has no leg to stand on, missing his girl friend who said she would move to SB & his parents moving to Ohio says NN to me

  6. ndfairfax - May 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    If the kid wanted to leave (even if it is for the wrong reasons) that is fine but do not reward his behavior by granting him a waiver. All he will learn is that he can get what he wants without consequences.

  7. jerseyshorendfan1 - May 11, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Keith, are you erasing my posts?

  8. canadianndfan - May 11, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    No way Lynch should get a waiver and be able to play this year. Nothing “catastrophic” happended in his life other than missing his woman and FLA. The NCAA really needs to stick to their guidelines on this one because allowing a waiver for something like homesickness sets a dangerous precident and really opens up pandora’s box for schools to poach players with any BS excuse they could talk a player into.

  9. moresteelers - May 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    I dont think these players should get a waiver unless its family related issue. They need to learn about decsion making and obligation. Players sign up to go to these colleges and then decide they do not want to do it anymore. So in all fairness he should have to sit out a year solely based on the circumstances not becuase he misses his girlfriend.

  10. fentocamarillo - May 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Lynch aside for the moment. It is more than a bit contradictory that the NCAA will enforce the one year sideline requirement, but coaches are free to go with no notice and many in the dark of night. These kids buy into the recruiters hype and to some degree are attracted by the position/head coach. Then they up and leave. Why should the players commitment hold in that case. I completely understand that the NCAA cannot allow for a “free agency” period every year and all that entails. But when a coach leaves, perhaps the player should be given the same opportunity, without the punishment.

    • papadec - May 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM

      fento – the biggest reason, that I see, with that is the fact that less than reputable institutions would hire a coach who could bring the most top quality players with him to their program.

  11. rcali - May 31, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    I simply don’t have a problem with them leaving but everyone should have to sit out a year no matter what the excuse to reduce this happening on a whim. What does it really cost them? They still get their education paid for and they can get bigger, stronger, faster, and be better prepared to compete. The waiver system is a complete joke.

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