April 15, 2010
Michael "Big Mike" Lynche UCF Football Gallery
By Leigh Torbin
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF's own Michael Lynche advanced on a double elimination night on American Idol last night and is now one of seven finalists on the widely popular TV show.
A week after the judges used their "save" to keep Lynche on the show, the former UCF defensive tackle turned in a solid performance of "In the Ghetto" as a part of the show's Elvis week. Although they later said that Lynche was in not the bottom three, for dramatic effect he had to stand on air as one of potentially the last two to be cut before learning that he would indeed return to the show next week.
Next week's show is a special "Idol Gives Back" and Queen Latifah will emcee the show designed to raise money for charity.
Lynche played defensive tackle for the Knights from 2001-02. He made an immediate impact as a freshman out of St. Petersburg's Gibbs High School which also served as UCF's practice site for the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl. Lynche had 24 tackles in 2001, 17 of them solos, with eight tackles for loss and a sack. As a sophomore in 2002, Lynche played in all 12 games and started each of the last three. He had at least one tackle in 11 of those contests and finished the year with 46 tackles in all, including a pair of sacks and six TFLs. He left the team just before the start of the 2003 season, returned to his native St. Petersburg and helped care for his ailing mother, Michele.
To see the Knights in action in 2010, with season tickets starting as low as $99, either call the UCF Athletic Ticket Office at (407) 823-1000 or logon to UCFAthletics.com. Don't forget to get your first glimpse of the Knights at the Spring Game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at bright House Networks Stadium. The full day's worth of activities includes a very special autograph session before the game with NFL Knights an autograph session and barbecue after the game where fans can also dine with their favorite Knights of today.
For the latest news on the Knights, log on to UCFAthletics.com - the official site for UCF varsity sports. The site, which also contains ticket and Golden Knights Club donor information, is also the home of UCF's new online apparel store. Also visit UCFPhotos.com, the exclusive fan source for UCF action sports pictures.