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A pitfall in Notre Dame's path
It's not as if you are required to be a Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan to understand the recurring conversation in recent years about the team. The discussion has intermittently drifted through workplaces and sports bars across America. At its heart, this is the crux: When will Notre Dame be "back"? When will the Dome's luster return to shimmering gold, in a way that both irritates and fuels the college football landscape?
That's a complicated question, especially for the 2012 Irish. What do you expect for any season that begins in Europe?
Seriously, though, Notre Dame and Brian Kelly might very well be putting together a team capable of being "back," but you would never know it because the Irish's schedule this fall is so ridiculous. That's not atypical for ND, but this '12 setup is a bit on the extreme end of things.
Sources: Ex-Notre Dame DE Lynch wants USF
04/20 9:12 AM
Former Notre Dame defensive end Aaron Lynch, who left the team earlier this month, requested to be released only to South Florida, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Friday. SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Former Notre Dame defensive end Aaron Lynch, who left the team earlier this month, requested to be released only to South Florida, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com Friday.
Lynch, a sophomore from Cape Coral, Fla., is still enrolled in classes at Notre Dame but intends to transfer to South Florida this summer, sources said.
Lynch, 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, was considered one of Notre Dame's most promising young players. He was named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America after totaling 33 tackles, seven tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in 2011.
Lynch is transferring to South Florida to be closer to his girlfriend, who attends school in Tampa, according to sources.
"You never want to lose a great player," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "But if it's not the right fit, you want to find them the right fit."
Kelly said the emergence of sophomore Ishaq Williams this spring has helped lessen the blow of losing Lynch.
The Fighting Irish also return junior nose guard Louis Nix III and senior end Kapron Lewis-Moore.
The Bulls are coached by Skip Holtz, son of former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, now an analyst with ESPN.
3 things to watch in Irish spring game
No. 1 -- QB competition. Coach Brian Kelly will continue to bend over backwards to demonstrate that the four-man QB battle between Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel is being played evenly. Kelly has indicated that the battle may come down to which one steps forward this summer during voluntary workouts. No. 2-- Gamebreaker, anyone? WRs Robby Toma and John Goodman are functional at their position but neither have the gamebreaking ability of the departed WR Michael Floyd. Kelly is hoping redshirt WR DaVaris Daniels, who has come on strong after a slow start, steps into that gap. No. 3 -- The battle for CB. With the departure of fixtures Robert Blanton and Gary Gray to graduation, it appears that Bennett Jackson has separated himself and has the inside track on one side, but the other is a battle between Lo Wood and a host of others including potentially swapping S Jamoris Slaughter into the spot.
Golson, Golson, I Want Golson.
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