A very busy chat today, and a big thanks to those who stopped by. You can read it all here.
Adam (South Bend): I don't know about you, but I liked Stephon Tuitt better anyways. Did you know Aaron Lynch lost more yards on penalties than he gained on sacks?
Matt Fortuna (2:10 PM): That's certainly an interesting way to look at it, one that I haven't thought about. Given the fact that most of his penalties were worth 15 yards -- and that he made little apology for them -- you're likely right. And yes, Tuitt, though it won't show in the numbers (good or bad), is a an absolute stud, one ND should be thankful to have.
Johnny A (Rochester, Mich.): FOCUS ON THE PLAYERS WE HAVE, LYNCH IS GONE. Progress report on Ishaq please, haven't heard much this spring and he played far less than I expected last season.
Matt Fortuna (2:42 PM): Lynch is the big news of the day, and of the spring, quite frankly -- and that's what 90 percent of today's questions have revolved around -- so that's what I'm going to cover. Ishaq had an opportunity with Prince Shembo sidelined a bit this spring, and he figures to see a lot of action this fall. As mentioned early, Kelly dropped a nugget today about sending him home earlier this year to make sure his head and heart were in it and he came back recharged. I'd expect big things from him soon.
Pat (NY): I know they play different positions, and I might be too much of an optimist right now. But can't we look at the surprise commitment of Neal equaling out the loss of Lynch?
Matt Fortuna (2:47 PM): Not exactly, Pat. Lynch was an immense talent, among the best the program has landed defensively in a long time (along with Te'o). He's a future first round draft pick, which you can't say with any degree of certainty about Neal. Not now, at least.
Krystal (Raleigh, N.C.): Matt, Why is it that other ND fans want to blame Coach Kelly for something he has no control over like Aaron Lynch transferring? I praise Coach Kelly for the way he has handle the situation because he could have acted the way Les Miles did when Gunner Kiel decided to sign with ND.
Matt Fortuna (2:53 PM): Because it has the look of a trend, Krystal -- Shepard leaving, Greenberry (and three others) de-comitting. It greatly hinders momentum within your program and creates a negative national perception, one that says some of these talents from warm weather cities won't fit in or like it at Notre Dame. I'm sure other coaches will point that out on the recruiting trail, and ND may have to re-examine who or how it is going after kids and what will be the right fit.