Defensive tackle/offensive guard Derrell Hand has shown a lot of interest in Notre Dame throughout the recruiting process, so how will the coaching change in South Bend change things for him?
"I'm really shocked like everyone else to hear this news, but I really don't have too much to say about it right now," said Hand. "That staff had stuck with me even when I was suspended, and I had a great relationship with Coach Willingham. We talked a lot and I liked him.
"I'll stay in touch with Notre Dame and see where they decide to go with things. They're still in my top six right now, and they could go up or down depending on what happens."
The 6-foot-2, 298-pound lineman from Philadelphia (Pa.) West Philadelphia Catholic is looking at several other schools as well.
"I'm going to Wisconsin on an official visit Dec. 10, and then the next week I should be going to Miami. I like Michigan State and Iowa too. I'm still considering Syracuse, but I don't think I'm going to take an official there. They're kind of looking in from the outside at this point."