Safety Chris Badger (6-foot-1, 190-pounds) is one of the committed players that has been planning on graduating early, and he's still on track to do that despite the rumors circulating about the status of Notre Dame's head coach Charlie Weis.
"I've been really busy this week with school and we're in the championship game on Friday," Badger said. "I'm looking forward to that, but my plan is to be in South Bend January 12 to start classes. I don't see that changing.
"I don't want to comment on the coaching situation, because coach Weis is still the head coach. I really don't know a lot about it. I just know there are a lot of rumors and stuff out there, but we'll see what happens. I'm not going to speculate on it. As far as me, I'm just going to see how things pan out the next couple weeks. Hopefully coach Weis and coach Brown are still my coaches, but I plan on finishing up the work I have and getting to South Bend in January. That's my plan and I don't see it changing.
"I think it's been a tough time for the Notre Dame team, but I think they'll be all right," he said. "I just think they're having a tough time."
Notre Dame has had a tough time on the field, but Badger is looking at ending his high school career and a high note.
"This weekend will be my last game as a Timpview Thunderbird," Badger said. "They always say that your high school football career goes by so fast, and you never listen to them until it's the last week. Hopefully we have a good week of practice. I've won a couple championships, so I kind of know what it feels like, and I want to feel like that on Friday after the game."
Badger's plans are set
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