NCAA denies hardship waiver for transfer Lynch
TAMPA -- USF football will have to wait until 2013 to see star defensive end Aaron Lynch on the football field.
The Bulls announced Thursday that the NCAA had denied their appeal for a hardship waiver that would allow the Notre Dame transfer to play this fall. The Cape Coral graduate, a Freshman All-America last fall with the Fighting Irish, will have three years of eligibility starting next season, though he's a candidate to leave for the NFL Draft before then.
"We were all hoping, all wishful it would go through, but unfortunately it didn't," coach Skip Holtz said. "I've approached it all along like he was going to be redshirting this year, and if it changed, then we would start to get him reps and start to get him work. It's unfortunate, would have been great if it happened. Still glad he's here."
USF has limited depth at defensive end entering the season, with junior Ryne Giddins as a returning starter; as it stands, the other starter would be junior college transfer Tevin Mims, who joined the program in January. Junior Julius Forte has been limited by an ankle injury but could challenge Mims for the starting job, and true freshman Eric Lee is expected to play this fall. Redshirt freshman Edsel Caprice, a 215-pounder who worked at linebacker last season, will be used as a third-down speed rusher, and true freshman Daniel Perry has a chance to play as well.
TAKING IT EASY: USF will hold its final scrimmage of the preseason today, with an emphasis on game simulation, with punt teams taking the field after a third-down miss and other real-game situations to prepare for next weekend's opener vs. Chattanooga. After today, the team won't practice on Saturday or Sunday before beginning normal game-week preparations Monday.