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Former Notre Dame basketball player Zach Hillesland is blogging for the New York Times again. Hillesland did a player diary during his senior year for the "quad blog" and cranked out some very enjoyable posts. Today, he rejoined the Times and offered some entertaining insight into Mike Brey's success. An interesting read to get you ready for tonight's game...
A former Notre Dame player finally figures out the lessons taught to him by Coach Mike Brey.
Excellent post. Excellent article.
Dan, is zach looking to make a career put of writing, or using it more as a creative outlet / on-the-side kind of thing?
How did Stan Heath get BE COY over Brey? I don't remember seeing USF beating any ranked teams during the season, much less the #1 team in the country.
My luck w/the Irish 20-6...GO IRISH!!!
Very good story, good insight. For all those who were calling for Coach Brey's head in the past they should read this article.
It still boggles my mind as to why Coach wasn't named BE Coach of the year especially after reading the article. Thanks for sharing.
I'm not sure. He's fun to read, but only pops up around tournament time with a few blog posts so my guess would be he is just having some fun. Here's another recent post of his that you guys might like...
A rundown of the top five men's basketball players in the Big East who invoke fear.
The young man can write. Both articles contain some great nuggets of insight and humor. As to his remarks on Brey, it clarified for me the notion of a "Brey kind of player." I always defined it in terms of skills, and sometimes, lack thereof, but it's more of a character issue, and the kind of player who can respond, and even thrive under his coaching. It's an RKG kind of thing, but his criteria for that probably isn't the same as Kelly's, but I think when either gets them on the court or on the field, the end result is that you get a team for whom the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
I may not be pretty, but I'm fast.....
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Great (and funny) articles, Dan. Thanks for sharing the links! Brey's teams constantly surprise me during the regular season. Would love to see them have some post-season success to echo the work they've already done.
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Good stuff, thanks for sharing.
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