Irish must work fast to salvage recruiting

The repercussions of Notre Dame's firing of Tyrone Willingham are already being felt in recruiting.

Originally Published: November 1, 2004
By Tom Lemming | Special to ESPN Insider
Notre Dame's firing of Tyrone Willingham came down in a very short period of time, but the repercussions are already being felt in the recruiting world. Not only will those effects have both short- and long-term implications, but recruiting also played a critical factor in Willingham's dismissal.

Notre Dame's inability to recruit difference makers under Willingham was a big factor in the Irish's inability to succeed on the field. Last year's class proved to be a disaster by Notre Dame standards. While the early projections for this year's class are better, they still don't approach the top-15 range.