USF defensive end Aaron Lynch had his NCAA waiver for immediate eligiblity denied and will sit out this season, coach Skip Holtz said Thursday.
Lynch transferred to the Bulls from Notre Dame during the offseason, after playing in 12 games for the Irish last season as a freshman, with six starts. He ended the year with 33 total tackles, seven tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
USF held out slim hopes that the NCAA would rule in his favor. Now he must wait to be eligible in 2013.
When he is able to play, the Bulls should have some outstanding players on the defensive front. Ryne Giddins is going into his second year as a starter, and is poised for an outstanding season. USF also has linemen Elkino Watson, Tevin Mims, Todd Chandler, Clavion Nelson, JuJu Forte and Luke Sager.
The only significant player the front loses after this season is senior tackle Cory "Pork Chop" Grissom.
One other note: Holtz said reserve tight end Isaac Virgin has decided to transfer.