Bringing its conference record to a sterling 1-5, Notre Dame lost last night to Georgetown in double OT. As things stand, ND is in jeopardy not of missing the NCAA Tournament, not even of missing the NIT, but of missing its own conference tournament. This is inexcusable, and it's all at the feet of Mike Brey.
The fact of the matter is that Mike Brey has failed to develop a single player in his 5+ years at Notre Dame. Chris Thomas actually got worse between his freshman and senior years. Torin Francis was the national high school player of the year, and Mike Brey still hasn't taught him how to execute a single post move. On the recruiting trail, Brey is enamored with soft, perimeter-shooting small forwards who can't create their own shots. ND can't win a close game because Brey's playing checkers while the opposing coach is playing chess. The next time we run an actual play on offense will be the first, and I can't even tell what Brey is coaching on defense.
The bottom line is that we've gone from a Sweet 16 team to a team that lost to Holy Cross on our own floor in the first round of the NIT. I threw up in my mouth just typing that.
In the '70's and to a lesser extent the '80's, Notre Dame was a top basketball program. We can be again. The administration rightly fired Tyrone Willingham because his teams regressed under his leadership and he was thoroughly and consistently outcoached during games and outrecruited during the winter, spring and summer. The administration should, indeed must, hold Mike Brey to the same standard.