Comment From Dave (Washington, DC) Tom, while I want no part of the fire Brey camp, I do think that the "if he leaves, who do you want to take his job" question is a litte unfair. I can name countless coaches who are now regarded as great but were unknown commodities prior to becoming successful. If Jack Swarbrick truly thinks that some head coach at, say, Bucknell, would be a great coach at ND, even better than Brey, then by all means, hire him.
Tom Noie: Dave:
Unfair? Perhaps, but it also goes toward the "grass is always greener...." argument.
Does Mike Brey need to win more in the NCAA tournament? Yes, and he's the first to admit it. There hasn't been an offseason where Mike Brey has shrugged off the inability to win in the NCAA tournament by stressing, 'Boy, we had a great regular season....."
But what gets lost in that inability to win at least one game are the parameters from within Brey must operate - recruit high-character student-athletes and compete in leagues where the really good, successful programs operate almost like NBA-feeder programs. Do it without a practice facility, an OK arena that has zero bells and whistles and do it at a place where football will always be No. 1, 2 and 3 in terms of importance.
It's a tough situation, but that's what Brey signed up. He knows the drill, and he knows the Irish must be better in March.