The eight-year tenure of Bill Cubit as head coach at Western Michigan came to an end Saturday when the school announced his dismissal.
Schofield (Wisc.) D.C. Everest offensive tackle Connor Riese is the highest rated prospect on the Bronco's 2013 commitment list and he spoke Sunday about how Cubit's departure affects his commitment.
"As of now it really does not change anything," Riese said. "I am really looking forward to seeing who is going to replace him."
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Riese is watching closely to see if offensive line coach A.J. Ricker will remain with the program, and he was disappointed to see Cubit go.
"He is a great coach and really attracted me to the program," Riese said. "It's a shame to see him go, but I guess for now it really isn't going to change anything until I find out what else is going on."
Prior to making the commitment to Western Michigan, Riese had received scholarship offers from Alabama State and Wyoming. He continued to keep in contact with Wyoming and a few other programs throughout the fall.
"It was a good thing I kept a lot of schools close until the end even though I was committed to Western," Riese said. "I had no plans on changing that, but it shows anything can happen in the recruiting process."
Riese finished his senior season at D.C. Everest with a 5-5 record after dropping their opening round playoff game. The 6-foot-7, 305-pound lineman picked up all-conference honors for his play this fall.