Wide receiver David Nelson says he's been hammered with phone calls all night.
"I've probably had 50 phone calls tonight. I saw you called and wanted to call you back," said Nelson. "I didn't want to talk to anyone, but I thought I better call you back."
Nelson says he's avoiding the phone calls because he has a big playoff game this weekend and doesn't need the distractions.
"I'm not talking to anyone until after my season is over. You'll be the only guy I'll talk to about this," said Nelson. "I'm really not even thinking about this until after my game. I really don't have an idea what I plan to do. I just want to focus on my game and then worry about that after my season is over."
The news of the Willingham firing caught Nelson by surprise.
"I just had coach Mattison in here on Monday," he said. "That is what was so surprising. He seemed really sure they'd be there. I just talked to him an hour ago. It was a real shock. I was really looking forward to playing for coach Willingham. I committed early to avoid all these calls and speculation. I'll just have to deal with it after my season."
I asked David how he would classify his commitment at this stage.
"I'm still committed to the University of Notre Dame," said Nelson. "That's probably not going to change, but I haven't even really sat down to think about it. I don't know if I'll take visits or not. I'll have to see what happens with the coaching situation and then talk it over with my parents."
We asked Nelson if he was disappointed with the current situation.
"I am disappointed," he said. "Everything was great. I really wanted to play for coach Willingham. We'll see what happens. I'll know more after my season. I won't talk to anyone until after my season except my coach, my parents and the Notre Dame coaches."