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Ray Meyer coached at DePaul for years before gaining recognition as a great coach. As he said, "I got much smarter when Mark Aguirre decided to enroll". Nobody is 'unattainable' financialy. I like Mike Brey and feel he has improved, strategicaly, since his early, Chris Thomas, Chris Quinn, years, when he stole defeat from the jaws of victory many times. However, I think ND needs a coach with a dynamic personality. Brad Stevens is certainly a coach who can list a National Championship Final on his resume. I also like Jay Wright from Villanova, Shaka Smart from Va.Commonwealth, and of course, Tom Izzo from Michigan State. None of those schools could match an ND financial package. They all have experience and success and would gain the confidence of any recruit. You just cannot become elite in basketball without bringing BIG players with exceptional talent. It isn't the 'one and done' player necessarily. What did Kevin Durant do for Texas, Kyrie Irving or Josh McRoberts for Duke? Yes, it could work (Carmelo Anthony) but it is still not the foundation of anything lasting. Addition by subtraction is not the answer. Moving on from Mike Brey is only a positive if you are confident you are bringing in someone in his place that can bring in players who are physicaly strong enough to change the perception of ND basketball and win a couple of NCAA Tourney games in the same year.
This post was edited by psdo51 13 months ago
I can read your frustration maybe it's due to my frustration. Your last sentence "Seems like Notre Dame has basketball right where it wants it." says it ALL! The adm is getting what it wants their goals are being achieved Coach Brey leads them to the tourneys on a regular basis usually with a team w/I the top 25 sooo why throw more $$ there. The goals for the bball team are NOT even close to the fball program which fills the stadium year in & out whether they're 12-0 or 3-9 AND those $$ do bring in a much higher rate of return - there's a business to run here! GO IRISH!
My top choices to replace Mike Brey.
1. Brad Stevens - long shot but offer him a big money deal
2. Ben Howland
3. Geno Auriemma
4. Andy Enfield - FGCU
5. Joe Dooley - KU Ast. Coach
6. Steve Prohm - Murray St.
7. Steve Alford - New Mex
8. PJ Carlesimo - Brooklyn Nets Interm HC
9. Avery Johnson -
10. Larry Brown
11. Steve Fisher
No question about Stevens...Auriema is definitely a 'person of interest'. He obviously knows basketball, winning and recruiting. UConn, including women's Bball, does not have a great graduation rate. Still, He's a good coach.
I think Enfield is too new, Howland, supposedly, is about to be fired. Alford has had success, not a bad thought. I don't think you drop Brey for a guy who is only an asst. I don't know much about Prohm but, again, Murray State to ND is a quantum leap. I like Avery Johnson but I don't know that he has any college or recruiting experience. Larry Brown is 100 years old and though he wins, he has his eye on the exit the day he shows up.
PJ Carlesimo is terrible. Yes, he knows basketball but his 'program' at Seton Hall was a disgrace, he is abusive, to his players, which led to Latrell Sprewell almost choking him to death at practice one day.
Tommy Amaker might be worth a shot. For me, ND needs the biggest name they can get. Star quality with resume. Izzo would be my first pick, then Stevens, and maybe Geno! Though I had a personal problem with one of his camps.
I disagree recruiting isn't the issue from a who we can and can't recruit standpoint. We don't have the Coaches or Facilities for these kids. ND needs to invest in the BBall program.
What's wrong with Larry Brown. He wins where ever he goes.
and then moves on. Not sure he can relate to "today's players" Not sure the fire is still burning.
This post was edited by Scottfan34 13 months ago
My sweet Jesus I hope you're joking. Barnes is the worst coach in the NCAA. It's not even close.
We can do better than Rick Barnes. Does nothing with some elite talent.
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