Challenges can be overcome, but one sport's advantage can be another sport's bane. That needs to be acknowledged, understood, and addressed.
We often have contrasted women's and men's basketball recruiting on this board. The women can excel recruiting Catholic schools and public schools in upper middle class suburbs for two reasons:
1. A large percentage of the top women's basketball recruits attend those kinds of schools and are prepared to be admitted to Notre Dame.
2. Most women's basketball recruits aren't thinking in terms of getting rich by becoming WNBA first round draft picks, so a scholarship to a really good academic college has a lot of value to them.
In contrast, men's basketball has the other side of the recruiting coin:
1. Fewer of the top prospects come from Catholic schools and public schools in upper middle class suburbs where they are generally more prepared to pass ND admissions muster.
2. Many top recruits think challenging academic curricula will interfere with their pursuit of NBA riches.
Notre Dame is an advantage for Muffett McGraw. It's often an obstacle that Mike Brey has to overcome. Brey has to own the four star kids that attend good high schools, and he has to find a way to get a disproportionate number of city school kids who are great basketball players and great students. The latter pursuit might need admissions support on standardized test scores that Muffet is less likely to need.
That's just one example, but it's a significant one. Success doesn't breed success as much as leadership with brains and wisdom does, the brains and wisdom to support each program according to its situation and needs, not by trying to use the same cookie cutter for each.
Supporting most of ND's programs works well for Notre Dame because plenty of top recruits can be admitted without stretching very much and the recruits assign value to the ND pedigree. Football is different, not entirely because there is a large percentage that play at good high schools that prepare them for college. Notre Dame understands that it has to stretch for some football recruits.
On a percentage basis, men's basketball needs more breaks than football if it's ever going to become a national championship caliber program. I don't know that it gets that kind of support.
Consider Duke. Is there any school that combines academic and basketball success better than Duke? Nevertheless, K offered a scholarship to Mitch McGary. That was out of the question for Brey. Don't even ask. That makes it harder to compete regardless of the success other ND programs have.