TAMPA — Defensive end Aaron Lynch, who led Notre Dame in sacks as a freshman last season, is transferring to be closer to his home near Fort Myers and reportedly could wind up at USF.
Bulls247.com reported Lynch is expected to enroll at USF over the summer. The website said USF received a release from Notre Dame to speak with him on Friday afternoon.
Barring a family situation meriting a hardship waiver, Lynch would have to sit out this season but then have three seasons of eligibility.
Lynch was the No. 15 overall prospect in the nation, according to ESPNU.com. At Notre Dame, he had 33 tackles, seven tackles for loss and team highs of 51/2 sacks and 14 QB hurries.
He visited USF unofficially as a recruit but chose Notre Dame after orally committing to Florida State.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced Lynch was leaving the team during a news conference Friday morning, and a statement issued by the school quoted Lynch as saying "I want to go back home to Florida."
Petrino won't appeal
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said he won't appeal his firing, giving up any claims to an $18 million buyout.
Petrino's agent, Russ Campbell, sent an email to Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long saying Petrino has accepted "responsibility for the events that led to the university's decision to terminate his contract."
Petrino was fired Tuesday for failing to disclose his relationship with football staffer Jessica Dorrell and withholding other information from Long, including he once gave her $20,000. Petrino hired Dorrell, whom the school has put on paid leave, four days before their April 1 motorcycle accident.
During Tuesday's news conference, Long said Petrino was fired for cause, meaning he was not owed any of the buyout.
former buc sues Grambling: Grambling coach Doug Williams sued the school, alleging it reneged on contract promises and now is trying to pressure him to sign a reduced deal. According to the lawsuit, Williams, previously the Bucs' coordinator of pro scouting and who played quarterback (1978-82) for the team, signed a contract in February 2011 that was never approved by Louisiana's governing board. As a result, the suit says, the school asked Williams to renegotiate, which he rejected, then told him it would pay a promised bonus for winning a conference title only if he signed a reduced contract. The school said Friday that it has been negotiating in good faith for almost a year.
Ex-Gator can play: Defensive back Josh Shaw will be allowed to play for USC in the fall, the NCAA ruled. Shaw transferred from UF in order to be closer to his grandfather, who has a terminal lung disease. Players must sit out a season after transferring unless the NCAA grants a hardship waiver.
Auburn: Antonio Goodwin, a receiver kicked off the team last year, was convicted of first-degree robbery in an armed home invasion. Sentencing, at which he faces a prison term of 20 years to life, was scheduled for June 19. Mike McNeil, the starting safety on Auburn's 2010 national championship team, Dakota Moseley and Shaun Kitchens, all of whom also were kicked off the team, are scheduled to go on trial June 11.
Clemson: Andre Ellington, the school's top rusher last season, had surgery to clean scar tissue out of his ankle. He is expected to be ready for fall drills.
Tennessee: Freshman quarterback Nathan Peterman, competing to be the backup, dislocating a finger on his right hand during practice but is expected to be ready for fall drills.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.