Freshman defensive end Aaron Lynch has left the Notre Dame football team and will transfer to another school, Irish football coach Brian Kelly announced Friday morning. Lynch will remain at the school through the end of the spring semester."
"This was one of the toughest decisions I have had to make," Lynch said in a statement, "but I want to go back home to Florida."
Lynch, a product of Island Coast High School in Cape Coral, Fla., picked the Irish in July 2010 but a few months later switched his commitment to Florida State. In January 2011, Lynch flipped back to ND and enrolled for the spring semester.
Lynch excelled in the 2011 Blue-Gold Game and played in 12 games as a true freshman, starting six. He led the Irish with 5.5 sacks and had seven tackles-for-loss. Lynch recorded 33 total tackles and was named a Freshman All-American.
“Aaron recently approached me about his desire to leave Notre Dame and return to Florida,” 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.”
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