Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/13/12
The Notre Dame football team has taken a big blow. 

I'm not going to sugarcoat this, Aaron Lynch is good. I keep a big board that consists of only Notre Dame players and he was sitting at the top of the board. Honestly, it wasn't even close. I can assure you that after hearing the news of his transfer, it absolutely killed me to hit the delete key and move everyone up a spot. I love watching Lynch play. He is unbelievable getting after the quarterback and transitioned into an elite run stopper as well. With that being said, Notre Dame has to move on.

First, let's look at what this means for Lynch. 

Priorities. It's a loaded word. I'm not going to judge the another mans priorities. It seems playing close to home and being comfortable was more important to Lynch than competing for a BCS Title and elevating his draft stock. From a personal standpoint, it was a no-brainer. He's more comfortable in Florida and wanted to be near family and friends. From a football standpoint, I think it's really going to hurt him. I'm going to assume he winds up at USF. It's not a sure thing but I would be surprised if he enrolled anywhere else this fall. With that in mind, NFL Scouts wants to see what you can do against top competition. Notre Dame has arguably the toughest schedule in the country in the upcoming season, and that won't change anytime soon. Meanwhile, USF will play their Big East schedule with only a couple of premier games. In my opinion, this change alone will make scouts rethink Lynch, as they won't be able to trust the tape near as much as would have had he stayed put. As for character issues, I'm not going to get into that until more facts come out. As of now, it could definitely be viewed as a concern. 

Let's move on to the Notre Dame side of things and check in with Irish Nation via Twitter. I asked my followers to tweet me their gut reactions to the Lynch transfer shortly after the news broke. Here are some of the responses. 

How does this happen? Lynch has a chance to play this year and can be an AA! - @317cburg
There are no words. This sucks, but it is what it is. Maybe move Ishaq to try and fill the hole? - @_FunMike
Losing Lynch is a big blow but if he was unhappy than it's good he is gone. Kill team chemistry is a bad thing. - @GoIrishGlory
It does Notre Dame no good to have players on the roster who don't want to be there. Tough loss but it's not the end! - @FatMattFanatic
Disappointed to say the least, he would have been very good. Wish him well though. Go Irish. - @edeaner25
I say we will be just fine. We still have a really strong front seven. It takes 11 to have a good defense. - @KambyMan3133
Huge loss but there is depth on the line. Best of luck to him. - @Irishlions

Mixed feelings. Many of you are ready to move forward, and that's the approach Notre Dame needs to take. This is going to force the Irish coaching staff to reassess their entire frame of mind. Take a look around the country and what do all the perennial contenders have in common? They're deep, confident and fully prepared. All of the big boys have a "next man in" mentality, and that's exactly what is needed to compete for championships. Notre Dame has to transition into this mindset. Situations like this are exactly why solid, deep recruiting classes are so important. I will give credit where it is due, Kelly and his staff have been doing a pretty good job lately. One point to remember is that just because a position is "loaded" doesn't mean it will stay that way moving forward, as we clearly see with this Aaron Lynch situation. Thankfully for the Irish, they have quite a bit of depth along the defensive line.

Yes, Lynch is leaving some big shoes to fill, but Notre Dame is going to have to rally around their guys and move forward. 

Next man in.

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