Well, this offseason had clearly been too quiet for Notre Dame. Our dose of drama this time around is a report from Blue and Gold Illustrated (paywall link), and later confirmed by Irish Illustraed (paywall link), the Chicago Tribune, and the Elkhart Truth that freshman linebacker Nile Sykes will be transferring from the Irish just a couple of weeks after he reported to campus.
Thus far, I have yet to see a report as to the exact reason why Sykes is seeking a transfer. All that has been mentioned by any outlet is that he’s looking for a “better fit” which can mean a myriad of things.’
To further muddy the waters, shortly after BGI broke the story, Sykes tweeted that he was still “a student” at ND. Sykes has since deleted that tweet
, leading me to curse myself for not taking a screenshot of the declaration. Edit: I just came across an open tab on my work PC with One Foot Down’s report on this story from yesterday. At that time the tweet was still in existence, so we do indeed have it forever:
Even with the tweet in the wild, with so many outlets running with the same story, there is clearly something to it. I don’t think it too wise to speculate as to why until some more details come to light.
In all honesty, the only reason that would give me pause is some kind of academic/qualification issue that caught ND or Sykes by surprise. That’s something that shouldn’t happen and would signify a gap in communication that the football team needs to fix with either ND admission or the NCAA itself.
Otherwise, I’m just going to chalk this up to usual attrition of trying to deal with the inexact science of trying to handle teenagers.
No matter how this shakes out, we wish for nothing but the best for Sykes and his future.