Cincinnati will never be able to recruit at the level of Notre Dame or a top Big Ten school. When the Bearcats start actually getting players the Buckeyes, Irish etc. really want, then I'll be concerned.
I don't want to see any of the assistants leave, but some folks here seem to be under the impression that this is a brand new problem in the history of top-flight football programs. Assistants come and they go. Alabama seems to be holding up OK without Kirby Smart. Like the weekend terror over the Bucks possibly missing the playoff, there will be anguish for 24 hours and then the program will move on like nothing ever happened.