Friday, April 20, 2018
Colleges

Mother wants son to stay at Notre Dame

Notre Dame has said defensive end Aaron Lynch is transferring, and a number of reports have him headed to USF, but not if his mother has her way.

Alice Lynch, on her Twitter account, reached out to Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck, asking the former Irish star to meet with her son and "persuade" him that he's headed in the wrong direction: "Please go to Zahm Hall and tell my son Aaron what a bad decision he is making by leaving ND. Thank you."

Tuck, in South Bend for today's spring game, told the South Bend Tribune he saw the tweet and planned to speak to Aaron Lynch while in town.

"But I am not going to try to convince him that he needs to stay here," Tuck said. "I am just going to see where his mind's at."

As a freshman in 2011, Lynch, who is from Cape Coral, led the Irish in sacks (5½) and tied for third in tackles for loss. He said April 13 he was transferring but would finish his spring academic semester at Notre Dame.

UF in gymnastics final: The Pac-12 set the pace. The SEC answered the challenge.

Defending champ Alabama, top-seeded Florida and Arkansas gave the SEC the top three spots in Friday's second semifinal at the NCAA women's gymnastics championships in Duluth, Ga., after UCLA led the Pac-12's sweep in the first semifinal. The top three from each semifinal advanced to today's team final.

Alabama's 197.675 points edged Florida's 197.650 for the top two scores in either session. Arkansas was third at 197.150.

UCLA, the No. 2 seed, had the top score in the first semifinal, 197.40, and is joined in the final by Utah (197.200) and Stanford (197.125). Utah, a longtime power, is in its first year in the Pac-12.

Florida was led by all-around champion Kytra Hunter's 39.725 points in the four events. The individual event finals are Sunday.

BCS to talk tweaks: SEC commissioner Mike Slive said Monday's meeting of BCS leaders in Hollywood, Fla., will be a "sharing of ideas" about the often-criticized football system. Options up for discussion include tweaks to the current system, a four-team playoff and a playoff that would try to preserve traditional bowl rivalries for the Pac-12 and Big Ten.

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