Jan 21, 2014; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Mike Brey reacts from the sidelines in the first half against the Florida State Seminoles at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Basketball: Mike Brey On Short Leash?

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The 2013-2014 season has been surprisingly bad for the Notre Dame men’s basketball team. The Irish are on track to their worst season since 2005-2006 since when the Irish went 16-14.

In Mike Brey’s defense, the Irish did lose their best player in Senior Jerian Grant midway through the season. What has made this season even more strange is the team’s lack of ability to overcome the loss. Irish fans have been spoiled by the ability of Brey to find ways to win without their best players.

But, fans have grown weary of Mike Brey and his inability to make deep runs into the tournament. In his career at Notre Dame, the Irish are 6-9 in the NCAA tournament. Only 2 of those wins have come within the last 10 years.

Notre Dame now has a brand new basketball facility and will eventually a stand alone practice facility as well. The expectations for the Fighting Irish basketball team have only gotten higher in the past few years.

Would Jack Swarbrick do the unthinkable and let Mike Brey go after his 14th season in South Bend? He feels like a fixture at Notre Dame. But, Swarbrick does not appear to be willing to be mediocre. The Irish have never been a basketball power house but they have been extremely consistent. The Irish rank 9th all-time in win with 1723 victories.

Everybody is wanting the next Richard “Digger” Phelps at the helm. However, Brey has a similar winning percentage .667 to Phelps .666. But, Digger has gone to the Sweet 16 five times, Elite 8 once and the Final Four once. These are much better than Brey’s one and done performances.

It does not seem likely that Mike Brey would be gone after this year. But, do not be surprised if the rumors been to swirl about his departure.

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