The year 2022 is quite a ways away. Notre Dame Fighting Irish head basketball coach, Mike Brey, had his contract extended through that year. Brey gets to feel like he has job security. Contracts at the college level are hard to take seriously because of the way coaches are turned over so often.
Brey, however, has already been at the helm in South Bend for over a decade. Meaning if he hasn’t left now, there’s a good chance the 53 year old will stay put until he decides to hang ‘em up. In the 12 years that he has been in charge, Brey has a 259-130 record and eight appearances in the NCAA tournament.
Though he’s probably happy about the extra spending money he’ll have, the best part for Brey is the fact that he can tell recruits how long he’ll be around for.
This year, Brey will have 2 of the top 150 recruits according to rivals.com. Cameron Biedscheid is a lengthy swing forward out of St. Louis. Rivals has him rated in the top-ten at the small forward position.
Next year’s class features another 6’6” forward, V.J. Beachem out of New Haven, Indiana. The prospect to keep an eye on, though, is a point guard who also hails from the home state. Demetrius Jackson, from Mishawaka would be a nice coup. The four-star ball-handler also has seen interest from Kansas and Michigan State, among others.
The bottom line for Brey is to keep going in the same direction he has been. The landscape in the Big East is changing with some teams leaving and new teams arriving. Brey is still searching for his first conference championship.
He has won neither the regular season title, nor the conference tourney. The athletic director and boosters have shown that they have confidence in him moving forward. He needs to show his appreciation by cutting down nets in March.
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