Lynch To Leave Notre Dame

The news Notre Dame fans feared became reality on Friday as it was announced the standout freshman defensive end has left the Irish football program and will transfer to another school following the spring semester.

Aaron Lynch's impact during his first season at Notre Dame will be short lived.

The former Five-Star recruit out of Cape Coral, Florida showed the signs of greatness during his freshman season for the Irish and big things were expected.

That all changed this spring as rumors spread Lynch was not happy in South Bend and tension grew when Lynch was dismissed from practice prior to the Easter weekend.

By Tuesday, many felt the issue was behind the Irish standout as he returned to campus only to be struck down again Friday morning as a press conference was called to discuss the situation.

Just before the presser Notre Dame released the following on Lynch.

"DE Aaron Lynch has left the football team and will transfer to another school following the spring semester," posted Brian Hardin on Twitter. will have more on this developing story as it unfolds.

Here is the official release from Notre Dame.

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame defensive end Aaron Lynch has left the Fighting Irish football team and will transfer to another school at the end of the spring semester, the University announced today.

"Aaron recently approached me about his desire to leave Notre Dame and return to Florida," Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said. "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 played in 12 games for the Irish as a freshman in 2011, starting six contests. He recorded 33 tackles, seven tackles for loss and five and a half sacks.

"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."

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