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Irish lose Lynch to South Florida

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--DE Aaron Lynch, who led Notre Dame with 5.5 sacks as a true freshman last year, has transferred to South Florida in a move to be closer to home. He will be eligible in 2013, unless the NCAA grants an immediate waiver that would allow him to play in the fall.

"With Aaron originally being from Florida, we're very familiar with the kind of player he is," South Florida coach Skip Holtz said in a statement. "Aaron had a great freshman season at Notre Dame and we're excited to welcome him into the Bulls family."

--CB Tee Sheppard was supposed to be coming to South Bend with his cousin, five-star wide receiver Deontay Greenberry, but Greenberry headed for Houston in a late change. Sheppard also had a change of heart and left Notre Dame.

"Tee is a special person and it's unfortunate it didn't work out here," said coach Brian Kelly. "Everyone at Notre Dame wishes him all the best in the future."

--AD Jack Swarbrick on Notre Dame's role in the ongoing BCS talks: "The goal and priority is to remain independent (in football). What the postseason becomes is the linchpin. There's still one chapter to come as far as conference realignment, and that will come after these BCS discussions.

"These are an important 3 1/2 days (of meetings) this next week in Florida (in late April). (The result) will have a significant impact on us one way or another."

--The Irish are currently slated for three night games in 2012, a home game against Michigan, a game at Michigan State and a Soldier Field (Chicago) date with Miami.

--This is the 125th year of Notre Dame football and the season will feature a series of "Strong and True" events, with former ND greats returning for festivities. The school also unveiled an impressive logo for the occasion.

--High school wide receiver Corey Robinson, the son of former Navy and NBA basketball star David Robinson, has committed to Notre Dame for the 2013 season.

"There was something about it. I can't explain it," Corey Robinson told Irish Illustrated. "Me and my dad and my mom, we were just praying about it. We just felt that the Lord gave us a lot of peace when we went on that campus, peace about Notre Dame. I did not see a reason to wait if I had that peace about it."

--WR DaVaris Daniels' dad, Phillip, played 15 years in the NFL as defensive end and is director of player development for the Washington Redkins.

"Every time we talk, there's a part about football," the younger Daniels told the South Bend Tribune. "Football is his life, just as much as it is mine."

--Coach Brian Kelly is 16-10 in two years at Notre Dame, 69-32 in his career, which started at Central Michigan and continued at Cincinnati. He is 3-2 in bowl games.

--The Irish open their season Sept. 1 in Dublin against Navy.


RB George Atkinson III -- With Cierre Wood set to get the bulk of the carries and receiver Theo Riddick moving to running back, Atkinson, entering his second year showed his ability (and his weakness) in the spring game. He ran for 124 yards on 15 carries and gained 54 more on three catches. But he also fumbled the ball twice, which drives coaches crazy.

"I showed the coaches what I could do with the ball," said Atkinson, who had two kickoff returns for touchdowns last season. "The difference from last year, I was thinking too much. I'm still not where I want to be at as far as plays and personnel, but I plan on getting better over the summer."

WR DeVaris Daniels -- With the Irish having lost Michael Floyd, there is playing time there and Daniels had a good spring.

LB Ishaq Williams -- You gotta love a 6-5, 255-pound kid from Brooklyn, right? This guy was highly rated coming out of high school and his development is a key to the 2012 Irish.

OT Christian Lombard -- He hopes to be the starting right tackle in the fall, telling the Chicago Tribune, "It's definitely my time to prove to everyone that I can be relied upon. That's really important to me. Just getting the experience with the (first team) and playing confident is something I'm really trying to focus on. It just kind of kept going. I guess it's kind of a groove you get, a good feeling. And then you just roll with it."

--The four quarterbacks -- There had to be some movement in the minds of the coaches after watching the four guys continue to battle it out, but coach Brian Kelly said he wasn't close to a decision on a starter.

"All of them are going to need work. The guy that really commits to the details this summer is probably one of the guys that's going to start." -- Coach Brian Kelly on his four-man quarterback situation.

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