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  1. Lynch prepares for football (finally) after Notre Dame

    May 16, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

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    It’s been a long time since we’ve seen defensive end Aaron Lynch on the football field. After a freshman All-American season for the Irish, Lynch left South Bend in the middle of spring practice and headed home to South Florida. The soap opera surrounding the decision to transfer, which included social media pleas to stay…

  2. Lynch applying for hardship waiver at USF

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

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    As you’d expect, Notre Dame transfer Aaron Lynch is hoping to receive immediate eligibility at South Florida. The former freshman All-American provided the biggest news of the offseason when he walked away from the Irish in the middle of spring practice, quitting the team. He finished out the semester before enrolling at South Florida over…

  3. With Lynch leaving Notre Dame, USF pursuing eligibility waiver

    May 10, 2012, 3:24 PM EST

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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…

  4. USF announces Aaron Lynch transfer

    Apr 23, 2012, 6:18 PM EST

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    It appears that the Aaron Lynch saga is officially over. Lynch, who walked away from the Irish football team in the middle of spring practice, visited USF this weekend while his former teammates were playing in the 83rd Blue-Gold game. The soon-to-be-sophomore, who led the Irish in sacks last season with 5.5, is still enrolled…

  5. Pregame Six Pack: Blue & Gold (and a certain Irish victory)

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:11 AM EST

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    It may count the same as the other fourteen practices allotted by NCAA rules during the spring, but there will be plenty of eyeballs on the last official workout of the school year for the Irish. With a national broadcast on NBC Sports Network kicking off at 1:30 p.m. ET, a spring spent mostly working…

  6. Practice Report: Day Thirteen update

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:56 AM EST

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    Apologies on falling behind a day with the practice reports. (If you didn’t notice, simply carry on…) As the Irish defense deals with the voluntary departure of one of the team’s most talented players, in seasons past, this could have been a death sentence. Yet the loss Aaron Lynch has overshadowed a lot of the…

  7. After return to campus, Lynch quits football program

    Apr 13, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

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    After a swirl of rumors, an excused absence, a long weekend with family, and a return to football, defensive end Aaron Lynch has decided to leave the Irish football program, with plans to transfer from after the spring semester. The loss is a blow to the Irish defense, with Lynch counted on to be the…

  8. Other spring headlines (and Lynch Practices!)

    Apr 11, 2012, 12:24 PM EST

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    Rest easy, Irish fans. Aaron Lynch practiced with the Irish today. If everything we could possibly talk about wasn’t discussed here or here, well — feel free to fill the comments here or take to the message-boards with your thoughts. We’re moving on to other interesting topics. *** George Atkinson spent Easter weekend in Palo…

  9. Lynch returns to campus, other notes

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:26 PM EST

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    It appears the drama surrounding Aaron Lynch‘s absence from practice before Easter Break has come to an end. Both Irish Illustrated and IrishSportsDaily.com are reporting that Lynch is back on campus. One source has confirmed the same for me as well. As noted by Brian Kelly when he spoke with the media last week, this…

  10. Lynch’s absence from practice sparks rumor mill

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:37 PM EST

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    There’s plenty of practice report video to get to, but the biggest news of the day was Aaron Lynch‘s absence from practice today. While rumors were burning like wildfire across the internet this morning after the rising sophomore defensive end was missing, Brian Kelly was quite clear after practice that nothing major was going on.…

  11. Front four reveals multiple options

    Feb 13, 2012, 3:04 PM EST

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    The days of calling Notre Dame a 3-4 defense are over. In fact, you’d have been wrong if you called the Irish a predominantly 3-4 defense last year. While opposing coaches looked to use the Irish’s odd-man front as recruiting ammunition to keep edge rushers from joining Bob Diaco‘s defense in South Bend, the reality…

  12. Five things we learned: Stanford 28, Notre Dame 14

    Nov 27, 2011, 1:54 AM EST

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    When you laid out the checklist of things Notre Dame needed to do to beat No. 4 Stanford on Saturday night, the objectives were quite clear. Limit mistakes, win the battle at the line of scrimmage, and eliminate turnovers — bedrock principles for winning football games. Yet from the opening minutes of the Irish’s 28-14…

  13. Tuesdays with BK: Jefferson Nightmare edition

    Oct 4, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

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    Goodbye Purdue. Hello Air Force. Brian Kelly met with the assembled media today and talked about wrapping up Purdue, prepping for Air Force, and getting ready for head coach Troy Calhoun and his very dangerous quarterback Tim Jefferson. If you’re curious what Kelly thinks about Jefferson and what he does to a defense, this quote…

  14. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 38, Purdue 10

    Oct 2, 2011, 2:04 AM EST

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    It took roughly 30 seconds to realize that this Saturday might be slightly different for the Irish. Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush locked onto a crossing route on the game’s first play from scrimmage. He failed to see Gary Gray (let alone Harrison Smith) who locked onto TerBush’s ill-fated throw. Gray stepped in front of the…

  15. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 15, Pitt 12

    Sep 24, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    The recipe for disaster was there. Eight penalties for 85 yards. Another lost turnover battle, 2-0. Drive killing mistakes. But Saturday turned out differently, with Notre Dame beating Pittsburgh 15-12 thanks to a great fourth quarter drive by Tommy Rees, who up until that point was held captive by a blitzing Panthers defense. It was…

  16. Pregame Six Pack: Prepping for Pitt

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:30 AM EST

    What a difference a week makes. Irish fans didn’t quite know what to make of last weekend’s game: an annual rivalry, a game the Irish usually don’t fare well in, and Las Vegas somehow favoring Notre Dame by almost a touchdown even though they were the team with an 0-2 record and Michigan State was…

  17. Lynch adds another level to Irish pass rush

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

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    Aaron Lynch has always had a flair for the dramatic. Whether it was a recruiting battle that played out like a Friday Night Lights episode, his eye-popping performances in the Army All-American Bowl and the spring’s Blue-Gold game, Lynch came to campus with lofty expectations heaped on him by anybody that followed the Irish. Brian…

  18. Aaron Lynch: Sack one

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Consider this for posterity’s sake, but the video guys at NBCSports.com did a nice cut-up on Aaron Lynch‘s first official sack in an Irish uniform.     I have a feeling there’ll be plenty more, so consider this a fun one to put in the memory bank.

  19. Pregame Six Pack: Running with the Bulls

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

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    Are you talked out yet? Between Charlie Brown, Eleven for ’11, USF previews, and a nice little sprinkling of recruiting news, it’s been a busy week. As we finally complete our crawl to Friday, the pregame heat has been turned up. Literally. It feels like someone left the oven open in the Midwest, and as…

  20. Eleven for ’11: Keys for the Fighting Irish

    Sep 2, 2011, 2:34 AM EST

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    Everybody knows Michael Floyd, Manti Te’o and Harrison Smith. While those three will likely have a large hand in determining Notre Dame’s fate, the Irish’s three All-American candidates can only do so much for a roster that’s finally at a full allotment of 85 scholarship players. As the No. 16 Irish get ready to kick…

  21. Handicapping playing time for the freshman

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:14 PM EST

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    Armed with a full 85-man roster and a depth chart that’s finally representative of a top 25 college football program, Brian Kelly and the Irish have the luxury of not needing to force freshmen into the lineup this season. That certainly wasn’t the case for the Irish last year, where Kelly opened the season with…

  22. First look at contact: Jumping to conclusions edition

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:16 PM EST

    After four practices getting acclimated to helmets, the Irish were in full pads today, giving freshman their first real feel of college football. Thanks to the always excellent practice reports courtesy of UND.com, we’re able to get a sneak peak at the first day of work, which allows all of us to jump to some…

  23. Depth on defensive line a welcome surprise

    Aug 9, 2011, 2:54 PM EST

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    For Notre Dame fans that have been following the team for the past decade or so, there’s every reason to be confused. That confusion arose again last week, when the Irish accepted the commitment of defensive line prospect Sheldon Day, an Indianapolis native that’s among the nation’s best and most versatile prospects. That the Irish…

  24. Counting down the Irish: 25-21

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:44 PM EST

    Carlo Calabrese

    As we kick off our 2011 Irish Top 25, let’s get some things out of the way quickly. This is just a list, not some objective evaluation process. Some guys I had ranked much higher than others. (It worked the other way as well.) Still, what you’ll find here is a pretty good composite projected…

  25. Williams talks Blue-Gold, NFL Draft

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:11 PM EST

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    What would we do without Ian Williams? As much as I’m ready to banish the idea of Todd McShay and Mel Kiper from my head, the upcoming NFL Draft means more weekly musings from Williams as he prepares for the NFL Draft at the South Bend Tribune. Since you guys should just go over there…