Chat Transcript: Talk Notre Dame basketball with Tom Noie

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 Live Chat: Talk Notre Dame basketball with Tom Noie(03/28/2013) 


[Comment From TJ, NYTJ, NY: ]  No one wants to chat? No excuses but the loss of Martin hurt this team. A healthy Martin would have gotten us to the mark you were predicting at the beginning of the year. That translates into better seeds for both Tourneys. Could have made a difference.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:03 TJ, NY


[Comment From MNGMNG: ]  What doesBrey need to do differently to get ND to another level? Staff changes maybe?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:07 MNG


[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  Wow, thought this was the year we'd make the Sweet Sixteen. Wrong again. How do the Irish improve in the next year especially with Cooley gone?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:09 Illinois Fool


[Comment From smittysmitty: ]  Tom - great work as always. Maybe what alarms me most about this team is the seeming lack of athleticism. Especially now when teams like FGCU are able to trot out athletes to compete against the top teams, it seems ND needs to the perfect matchup to advance in a tournament like this. And when they face a team like Florida St or Iowa St, they just can't compete athletically. Would you write this performance off to a bad matchup, lack of athletes, or what?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:12 smitty


[Comment From john from njjohn from nj: ]  Tom - Thanks for the chats all season. Crazy end to a strange season. I still value greatly what Brey has accomplished. But does he and his staff have a weakness or blind spot in preparing for unknown teams? Maybe he needs a new asst who can help out there?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:15 john from nj


[Comment From MNG, Rhode islandMNG, Rhode island: ]  What changes might Brey make to get this program to another level? Might it be best if he shaked up his staff?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:17 MNG, Rhode island


[Comment From Mike C.Mike C.: ]  Tom, do you think Mike Brey needs to shake his staff up? Other than Solomon, who more than pulls his weight on the recruiting front, there doesn't seem to be anyone willing to challenge either the players or Mike himself
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:20 Mike C.


[Comment From Marty, San Antonio, TXMarty, San Antonio, TX: ]  There are two versatile big men from San Antonio that will be seniors next year. Lammers and Wacker. Do you know if the Irish are actively recruiting them?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:20 Marty, San Antonio, TX


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  gary from crown point every year this team breaks my heart just lie the cubs will it change ?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:22 Guest


[Comment From DADA: ]  How much would a new practice facility actually help? We have the players to make a run every year, we just don't have the mentality when March rolls around. You can't tell me that Lasalle has better facilities and better players. This team's mentality is what needs to change before they can make a run in the tournament.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:23 DA


[Comment From Slide_PieceSlide_Piece: ]  Has Brey "gotten back to you" in regards to (assuming) your question as to whether or not he is the guy to "get the Irish to the next level" (meaning, I guess, win one tournament game)?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:25 Slide_Piece


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  gary from crown point how good are next years recruits for real?and will the offence change with a small line up?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:28 Guest


[Comment From TJ, NYTJ, NY: ]  I think Irish fans do not know the academic restructions (if that is what you want to call them) at Notre Dame. Here are a couple: Every Irish player must take calculus at some point -- you see anyone from South Florida doing that? If you miss two days of school you are suspended. You think anyone at Kentucky last year went to class after the second semester started? If the Irish play at Vill on Wed and then Rutgers on Sat. you have go back to the Bend for class Thurs and Fri. Anyone from Louisville do that? Next week someone will do an academic championship featunrg the 68 teams from this year's tourney and Notre Dame and Harvard will be in the final. Notre will win it all. I know for a fact that ND has wanted to recruit a couple of kids who are now at ACC schools with alleged academic reps and yet the Irish could not recruit them because of their grades. No excuses but an FYI
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:29 TJ, NY


[Comment From MNG, Rhode IslandMNG, Rhode Island: ]  It is said that Jay Wright of Nova was a relentless pain in the fanny with his President and AD in order to get Nova new practice facility. Is Brey being a relentless pain in the fanny with Swarbrick and the Administration over the need for a new practice facility?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:33 MNG, Rhode Island


[Comment From Georgia HogGeorgia Hog: ]  What happened to Jack Cooley? He was not the same player the last month of the season as he had been the previous year and three-quarters. He seemed a step slow and not nearly as strong as previously, In fact, he even looked skinnier if that's possible. Was/is he sick? I recall that he had blood/oygen issues earlier in his career that affacted his energy levels, but he had seemingly overcome that. What was/is the deal?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:35 Georgia Hog


[Comment From Robb, ColoradoRobb, Colorado: ]  Tom, great coverage all year. Thanks! It seemed like ND just came out completely flat. I don't know if they were nervous or thought they could win by just showing up, but there seemed to be no emotion. You have to get up for the tournament and the coaches need to ensure that happens. What was Brey thinking really?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:37 Robb, Colorado


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  When you say that ND looked different physically, was it athleticism? Strength?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:39 Guest


[Comment From Slide_PieceSlide_Piece: ]  Tom, I know I can be pretty hard on you, but in all seriousness, thank you for being so honest and candid in your post season assessment of the state of ND Basketball. Your analysis of the situation has really helped me through a tough patch of attempting to make sense of the Iowa St. drubbing and the overall state of the program.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:40 Slide_Piece


[Comment From garygary: ]  boy i hope brey scrapes that bad two bigs in the lineup it looked bad?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:41 gary


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  Tom, thanks for this chat.we all need to vent.At the end of the day, this is on Brey.I don't mind losing, but to look as bad as we did is inexcuseable.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:43 Guest


[Comment From TJ, NYTJ, NY: ]  Tom I also think that Atkins and Grant were mentally and physically exhausted the other night. A full season of 38 minutes a night will do that to you. I know you disagree with me on this. However, this problem gets solved with Demetrius coming to the Irish. Why did ND lose? No athleticism. It looks like, despite the academic standards, he has the chance to put (perhaps) his most athletic team on the floor next year. He will also have some much needed depth. Couple of other thoughts -- Cam has to live in the off season weight room. Sherman and Knight have to dig deep within themselves. They are terribly soft. I like Zac's game. He needs to play a lot in November. The nucleus of Jerian, Eric, Demetrius, Pat, Cam, Zac - that is pretty athletic for Notre Dame. Would love to see Katenda given a chance. Marquette has a player with just one eye. It can be done. I hear Steve V. is tough. Torres is very athletic. Not sure about VJ Beacham. A kid like Burgett might get lost in the flow unless he steps it up. If Knight and Sherman want to play they got to grow some stones.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:44 TJ, NY


[Comment From WaltWalt: ]  Brey's praise for his guards his greatly overstated. Grant/Atkins wouldn't start for few if any of the top 15 programs. I believe both regressed this year. There is no one in the program until next year to push them.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:45 Walt


[Comment From garygary: ]  to be perfectely honest martin gettin hurt killed us i hope august gets used as an inforcer next year he can be a force?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:47 gary


[Comment From Cinci-MikeCinci-Mike: ]  Tom-I think your point early is 100% on the mark. This is a top down problem and attitude of it's okay to be okay. Can you think of reason why Marquette get's certain players ND doesn't. Same institutionally(private,high standards). Is this a program problem not just a team and coaches problem?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:47 Cinci-Mike


[Comment From CMCM: ]  Tom: Do you think we will see more of Grant on the wing and let Atkins and Jackson play side-by-side from day 1? Jackson has elite athleticism, strength and can really muck up the game defensively as well.Ball pressure would be nice. I am really hoping he is playing 20-25ish minutes immediately.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:48 CM


[Comment From Chuck, Ft MyersChuck, Ft Myers: ]  Soft and apathetic are the two words that came to my mind when I watched that disaster of a game. I swear I saw some of them watching the clock as if they were in a hurry to get out of there. That's what their eyes telegraphed. I've had that feeling in prioe years watching this team. But then they go out and get a monster win in a thrilling regular season game. I don't understand the inconsistency. Maybe they need to borrow the "Camp Kelly" idea and demand the 110% effort. I'm flailing but I'm pretty angry with what I saw. Why can't they play wide open like Florida Gulf Coast, the local team down here which looks like they would have smoked ND? I've got to suffer through a lot of jokes about this from everyone down here.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:50 Chuck, Ft Myers


[Comment From Ed,GreensboroEd,Greensboro: ]  Tom,Brey sounds like a guy who is out of answers.His post game comments did not leave me much hope for the future.Isn't it time for Swarbrick to put on his big boy pants and take a hard look at the program?I see more of the same next year in a half full arena.After all, this is Jack's problem too.Thanks and Happy Easter.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:53 Ed,Greensboro


[Comment From KCKC: ]  I love Mike Brey as a person. I just don't think he instills fear in his players. They seem complacent to me. That might be a product of lack of depth or lack of competition on the squad. They just seem soft to me
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:55 KC


[Comment From Slide_PieceSlide_Piece: ]  Do you know what jersey number Demetrius will wear? Does the bookstore already have his jersey for sale? I am definitely going to purchase his jersey and wear it with pride as often as I can over the next four years and beyond.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:56 Slide_Piece


[Comment From JerryJerry: ]  Tom, Thanks for the chats and coverage all year. Unlike many, I never bought into "This is the year" from day-one. In fact, what came to pass is what I saw: terrific out of conference results (against thin competition), promising early Big East season, brain freeze, then a momentary uptick, followed by limping into the end of the season, then sub-par Big East Tournament play, followed by...predictable play in the NCAA Tournament. (Yes, predictable). This has been the same movie for years now. With the jump to the ACC, what, truthfully, are the odds that the same movie won't be shown again, including the out-of-confernece excellence, schizophrenic conference results, more hype than results post-season? Why should we bother?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 12:57 Jerry


[Comment From saint knutesaint knute: ]  Preparation for the NCAA Tournament is different from preparation for conference games. Notre Dame plays the same coaches and therefore the same styles of play year after year. It sees mostly the same players on each team from one year to the next. Game plans are not created. They are revised. Come the NCAA Tournament, opponents’ tactics, tendencies, and players are new. Game plans must be prepared from scratch, and they must be prepared on short notice. Given the results, given how poorly the team has played in tournament after tournament, it is awfully hard to believe that Mike Brey and his staff possess competency in this critical aspect of college basketball coaching. Confidence is a result of preparation. Players who expect everything they see and know what to do about it will play with confidence. Players who believe their teammates are as prepared as they are will trust each other to be in position and carry out their assignments, thus allowing them to execute without hesitation. It has been a long time since Notre Dame has been prepared for an NCAA Tournament game. It has been a long time since Notre Dame basketball players acted like they felt prepared for an NCAA Tournament game. Your thoughts?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:00 saint knute


[Comment From Jim--Jim--: ]  Tom- I believe that a primary reason ND has been a good regular season team was that the BE had a number of teams that played relatively slow offensive tempos, think Pitt and GTown and also played a lot of half court defenses. But in the Tournament you have a wider diversity of playing styles i.e. ISU had Cooley and Knight chasing on the perimeter with forwards who could play on the perimeter. What are your thoughts?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:10 Jim--


[Comment From Robert from SBRobert from SB: ]  Tom always enjoy your coverage. What do you feel is the fundamental reason that Coach Brey can't produce the overall performance and talent level that say a Coach Stevens produces at Butler?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:11 Robert from SB


[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  I know it isn't your primary beat but do you think Jack Cooley will be selected in the NBA draft?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:14 Illinois Fool


[Comment From MNG, Rhode IslandMNG, Rhode Island: ]  So,if Brey isn't going to change how he runs things, and more resources aren't likely to be forthcoming anytime soon,what hope is their for anything to change over the next few years besides praying that Jackson is the real deal?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:16 MNG, Rhode Island


[Comment From Concerned ND fanConcerned ND fan: ]  Tom, I get your point that Brey wants to be a teacher And he's a good one at that. But isn't the coach the CEO of the program? Isn't it his job to be more than just a teacher? Brian Kelly led the the development efforts at UC to get an indoor practice facility, even wrote the timeline in his contract extension. At some point, if Brey's not willing to get political, isn't he saying that status quo is alright? Sometimes squeaky wheels get the grease. And his laid back "aw shucks" demeanor might contribute to the lack of attention and support the program receives.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:20 Concerned ND fan


[Comment From Paul, BostonPaul, Boston: ]  There will be a lot of minutes up for grabs in the post next season with Cooley gone. Does Auguste become a starter? Sherman has great fundamentals, and can finish both hands but MAN is he soft. Does he ever show a spark in the practices that you see, or is that just his demeanor?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:22 Paul, Boston


[Comment From WadeliteWadelite: ]  Tom- Did you really see enough in Biedscheid to believe he can be a difference maker. He looked like a one trick pony and not a very good one the last half of the year outside of the Ville game. His defense is horrendous and it can not be because he is not strong enough. What frustrates me is we could easily see a rerun next season. Also is VJ's game any different than his?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:24 Wadelite


[Comment From Robb, ColoradoRobb, Colorado: ]  Tom, I think Brey is a good coach, not great, but I think he is perfect for ND. The problem was the defense IMO. That full-length drive at the end of the first half was the whole game in 5 seconds. Nobody even moved to cover the guy. You can burn all you want on O, but if you don't play defense it doesn't matter.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:28 Robb, Colorado


[Comment From TJ, NYTJ, NY: ]  Hate to be mean but Iowa State was built with transfers and some other dudes I would call "Shaky". Why do you think their coach wants to go to the NBA? They also damn near beat Ohio State. They were a pretty damn good 10th seed. You are spot on about Florida Gulf Coast. A lot of dudes from basketball academies, etc. Still, that is Brey's challenge. He can beat teams like that in conference for a number of reasons. But in a 1 and done on a neutral floor, where the transfer squad is pumped for a one game show and are pissed that you are the higher seed -- and they perceive you as a bunch of slow white dudes -- well then, you gotta have a plan. You got to have athleticism. Not a Barkley fan but he said at half time that not one ND guy had quicker foot speed than Iowa St. Grant was really the only one who could create. As I say, hopefully that changes next year. Love Cooley to death but he was soft in the last few weeks of the year. If he is going to play in the NBA he's going to have to up the game. More likely he will be in Greece next year.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:30 TJ, NY


[Comment From mike from daytonmike from dayton: ]  tom i think brey needs to hire an asst. who has swag.the womens team did ok then they niele ivry and the last two classes r top 5. the current team isn't bad. hopefully the mens last 2 classes will pan out.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:31 mike from dayton


[Comment From BurkeBurke: ]  Seems we need an emotional leader ala Skylar Diggins to led this team. The boys could learn something from the women... at least how to defend the pick and roll. Do we have to put this emotional leader burden on Jackson?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:34 Burke


[Comment From KC 74KC 74: ]  I totally disagree with your assessment of Martin. I never liked the guy. Never made a big shot in a big game. Just the same kind of player we always have. Not tough enough
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:36 KC 74


[Comment From BBBB: ]  Tom it's so cliche yet so true & is borne out by statistical analysis: good consistent defense is absolutely essential to advance in the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately the defensive effort made by the Irish often wanes, especially if they're not as successful on the offensive end which in recent years has been the case in both the Big East and NCAA tourneys. And it's not that we can't play defense or that Brey can't coach it because I've seen this team play solid defense from bell to bell in games (against Pitt almost every year) and on rare occasions even lock a team down. But until the Irish figure out how to consistently apply defensive pressure even if their shots aren't falling, the program absolutely will not get to the next level. The players have to want to do it and Brey has to be on them to never relax on D as too often our opponents look way too comfortable on offense and we don't put them under any sustained duress...thoughts?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:40 BB


[Comment From Ed,GreensboroEd,Greensboro: ]  Tom, to follow up,(home with a sick wife so lots of time on my hands)I did not mean that Jack should fire Brey-but form a group to look at the program, and get input from Brey and others on what we need to do to fix basketball.No reason we should settle for the status quo.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:43 Ed,Greensboro


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  Tom, I have been thinking about this hard lately -- why Notre Dame is able to compete well in the regular season, but not in the post-season. Imagine that winning = f(Talent x Efficiency). Assume talent is fixed. During the regular session ND plays near maximal efficency. Other teams simply do not. The problem is that in the post-season other teams raise their level of play (their efficency), but ND is unable. On the elite level it is analogous to Michael Phelps improving his time from the prelims to the finals. On the recreational level, it is analogous to the runner who runs so hard in practice -- beats his teammates in practice, but can't truly elevate for the real race. This is not a knock on Brey. Maybe it is what is necessary for this team to get to the NCAA. But frankly I simply do not see this changing.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:45 Guest


[Comment From Chicago - DanChicago - Dan: ]  Do you think Cooley will be drafted / play in the NBA next year?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:47 Chicago - Dan


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  Sorry, last comment was from John from Champaign.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:47 Guest


[Comment From SlowPloddingWhiteGuySlowPloddingWhiteGuy: ]  If Jackson is emotional about winning and losing as you say, then he has to start next season, even if means going small with Pat at the 4. This team just acts like they do not care most of the time. I realize that line up will leave them on the short end of the rebound total, but it sure beats the lay up drill teams with mobile big men can do them ala Iowa State. Unless they are playing VA or Pitt can not see playing 2 of the 3 bigs at the same time.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:48 SlowPloddingWhiteGuy


[Comment From BuddyBuddy: ]  Hi Tom, great chat. I have to agree with a previous question. The common theme in the tournament is that you're playing unfamiliar opponents. Thus, scouting and game-planning are paramount. Do you know who specifically among the assistants is charged with the advanced scouting?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:50 Buddy


[Comment From SFSF: ]  What is your projected starting lineup for next year? I think it looks like Atkins Grant Connaughton Knight Auguste with Cam first off the bench, DJ second and Sherman in rotation in the post. Maybe throw in Burgett if we need the stretch 4 you talked about earlier. Is that close or do you think the two big system gets scrapped with the athletes we'll have?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:52 SF


[Comment From SlowPloddingWhiteGuySlowPloddingWhiteGuy: ]  Do the ND coaches ever work with the team about finishing with contact. I have never seen a team that misses more shots within 3 feet- be it the big men or Grant. I watched Marquette last season in warm ups and recall they do drills for this.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:55 SlowPloddingWhiteGuy


[Comment From SlowPloddingWhiteGuySlowPloddingWhiteGuy: ]  I heard on a radio call in show you were very negative about the team and their latest pathetic performance in March. As the beat writer do you believe Brey or Swarbrick will ever bring that up to you or hold it against you.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 1:56 SlowPloddingWhiteGuy


[Comment From South Haven JoeSouth Haven Joe: ]  Can Auguste be the stretch 4 guy?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:00 South Haven Joe


[Comment From BuddyBuddy: ]  Tom, I'm honestly not following/buying your "institutional" argument. Look around campus. Seems like every team from fencing to soccer to lacrosse is competing at the highest level. Why do you think it's any different for basketball, a high-profile, revenue prodcuing sport?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:00 Buddy


[Comment From saint knutesaint knute: ]  How do you foresee ND fitting into the ACC? Hopefully the change of conference venues inspires a total reevaluation of all aspects of the program.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:02 saint knute


[Comment From Kurt in NYCKurt in NYC: ]  Mike - you can't compare the women's game to the men's game. Most of the top women's players come from quality suburban high schools & they aren't looking for an NBA paycheck - they'd rather have the degree.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:04 Kurt in NYC


[Comment From Gondj, UPGondj, UP: ]  I have to chuckle a little when people are surprised this team didn't advance further this year. What did you see this year that would lead you to that conclusion? What little leadership there was was lost when Martin went out. Then Cooley wears down and you have to rely on Sherman for frontcourt presence? Pretty evident why he's no longer in East Lansing.Also tired of hearing about Atkins low turnover numbers. Pretty easy to keep that number low when it doesn't look like there's any rhyme or reason to your offense. More turnovers next year as you're trying to score, please.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:06 Gondj, UP


[Comment From WadeliteWadelite: ]  You keep saying how good life is for the players on the team, you know what takes it down a notch- having your PT cut, being accountible for your effort or decisons. Every player should be on notice next season including our great guards who do not need to play 38 mpg. Brey held Cooley accountible this past season well he needs to do it with every player next season- the depth is supposed to be there at all positions. Oh yeah, the Ville guards averaged less than 60 mpg this season- sure seems like a better formula to have somthing left in the tank for the end of the season. Do you have any confidence that Brey will hold everyone accountible next season?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:09 Wadelite


[Comment From GloveNDGloveND: ]  TN, do you think Brey needed to be so honest about the NCAAs not being the time to "over-coach" the team? Do you think coaching may help us get over our NCAA struggles? Also, any plans for any Where Are They Now profiles during your vacation between now and High School Football starting up?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:11 GloveND


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  Tom you keep making the point that it seems our kids are not "hungry enough", to give 110% all the time.That their life is pretty sweet.Isn't that an indictment of the kind of kid Brey recruits, and how he coaches them?.Maybe Brey needs to be a little more Geroge Patton and a little less Mr.Rogers.As far as Brey not having time to get involved in the campus politics during the season, since we have an early off season every year he has plenty of time to lobby for what he needs.Sorry to be so negative, but I feel like we have all been having the same discussion the last four years, and it will be the same four years from now. Thanks,Ed
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:15 Guest


[Comment From samsam: ]  Tom, thanks for this. What's clear watching the tournament is that dribble penetration is essential; teams succeed when they can get in the paint and collapse the defense to create open shots, and when they have a guy who can get his own shot when he wants it. Notre Dame was able to get dribble penetration much of the year, even against very good and athletic teams--they just tore Marquette apart in New York--but that seemed to disappear against Iowa St. Why was Iowa St able to contain Grant (and Atkins) so easily?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:15 sam


[Comment From Chicago - DanChicago - Dan: ]  I think we are over complicating everything. Look at how many ND players are currently in the NBA. There are two - and they both at the very near the end of the bench. Isn't this the issue? The talent?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:16 Chicago - Dan


[Comment From WadeliteWadelite: ]  I know it easy to say in hindsight but the defensive games versus Pitt, Cincy, SJ's seem like a joke now. Pitt is an awful offensive team. Cincy had 2 players who could score. SJ's was missing their top scorer and was a mess. Oh yes my real question- do you think Cooley will play in the NBA next season. I just felt you needed to answer it for a 3rd time in this chat.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:18 Wadelite


[Comment From TJ, NYTJ, NY: ]  If Notre Dame played Iowa State 10 times, the Irish would win 7 particularly if it were home and home and that is because Brey knows how to coach. The Tourney is a different bag which explains why Gonzaga, Wisonsin, Pitt, and Gtown have fans who are all pissed off as well. Watching the Tourney, you better have some athletes on the floor for a 1 and done are you are going home early. I believe Brey and his staff are doing the best job they can to get over this hump. Curious will Syracuse go on probation? Long been rumored that they have no academic stnadards and been known to stretch the rules. Be interesting to see.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:19 TJ, NY


[Comment From Jeff - Ft. WayneJeff - Ft. Wayne: ]  So there isn't a Santa Claus? I'll ask the Easter Bunny on Sunday when I see him. I asked earlier this year if you thought the program was in as good of shape as its ever been, with the talent we have and the talent coming in. Lots of us thought the same thing. I'm not thinking the same way now. Just no mental toughness to step up to the big stage, minimal fan support, lacking athleticism, moving to ACC. Yikes.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:21 Jeff - Ft. Wayne


[Comment From saint knutesaint knute: ]  You have been appointed Athletic Director for a day. Your first meeting is with Mike Brey to review the state of the basketball program. What changes do you ask Coach Brey to make to improve the program?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:23 saint knute


[Comment From TJ, NYTJ, NY: ]  What does Burgett bring to the table? He looks like another slow ND white dude who will get his stuffed slapped back in games against Louisville. Speaking of attitude -- Knight may be a nice guy but he carries himself like he is just happy to be there. Same with Sherman. Any semblance of a motor in those dudes?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:25 TJ, NY


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  What do you think will happen with Katenda next year? I hope he is able to play and that, if he is, he sees some playing time.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:26 Guest


  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:28 RICH FROM rochester


[Comment From Concerned ND fanConcerned ND fan: ]  Tom, senior leadership has always been a big thing for Brey's teams from Quinn and Jackson, etc. So the loss of Martin was big from an emotional standpoint. But in the Irish's best games, where they suffered big deficits (i.e. @ Pitt, Marquette in the Garden, Louisville @ home) Martin wasn't on the court. So there has to be more than just his absence because this team was very resilient in spots, and in fact the best performances of the year. I am really concerned about the leadership going forward, because these guys looked completely lost. Also, where was Connaughton in the game?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:38 Concerned ND fan


[Comment From PaulPaul: ]  If the Irish are to become bigger and stronger to compete with such teams, how is their summer weightlifing schedule? Who is the coach or leader during the off season?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:40 Paul


[Comment From Coach KnightCoach Knight: ]  Who you like tonight, Notre Dame's Big Brother, IU or 'Cuse?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:41 Coach Knight


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  As Beidsheid goes, so go the Irish, or so it seemed.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:42 Guest


[Comment From Skip - HoustonSkip - Houston: ]  As Biedsheid goes, so go the Irish, or so it seemed. I want to rant but since this is Maundy Thursday, I'll just ask a question. Why were the guards so hesitant to shoot open jumper from the free throw line or closer?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:43 Skip - Houston


[Comment From Skip - HoustonSkip - Houston: ]  Do Irish football and basketball players have the same academic standards/requirements? If so, such standards don't explain the lack of basketball talent.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:45 Skip - Houston


[Comment From Concerned ND fanConcerned ND fan: ]  Tom, thanks for doing this. Last question. Is qualifying for the NCAA the end game under Brey? Even with additional resources and financial support, do you see much changing under Brey? I know we have gotten more athletic (Atkins & Grant, Auguste, supposedly Biedscheid) but it seems like our execution (and preparation) in the NCAAs hasn't changed in 7 years. Is ND's current cycle simply fait accompli? Sounds like you believe that with the roster we have and the administrative limitations.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:47 Concerned ND fan


[Comment From Chicago - DanChicago - Dan: ]  I think there is a mistake made by a lot of fans in assuming that just because a school has a strong academic recommendation, it doesn't necessarily mean their college bball players are held to the same standard. I think some people fail to realize that the guys who play at Duke couldn't play at Notre Dame or Northwestern.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:48 Chicago - Dan


[Comment From BuddyBuddy: ]  Wow. Reading your comments Tom, one would assume Iowa State is laden with NBA talent and should have easily won the NCAA tourney. We consistently beat the likes of Louisville and Pitt. But all of the sudden, we don't have the talent, guts, facilities, etc. to compete with Iowa State. Give me a break.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:49 Buddy


[Comment From WadeliteWadelite: ]  Tom, normally I have to laugh at the these questions about the scouting- but in this case it seemed they were so obsessed about ISU's 3 point shooting they had no clue that ISU could penetrate with their poit guard and find their bigs cutting to the hoop.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:51 Wadelite


[Comment From GloveNDGloveND: ]  Tom, it sounds like you're leaving the door open for another round of Where Are They Now. Should Slide Piece and I put together a list of targets for you by next chat?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:52 GloveND


[Comment From saint knutesaint knute: ]  TN not sure you can afford me, LOL
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:53 saint knute


[Comment From JackCooleyJackCooley: ]  Mr. Noie- do you think I will play in the NBA next season.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:53 JackCooley


[Comment From BurkeBurke: ]  I'm surprized yoiu're down on the women's b-ball. They have been entertaining as hell and have a toughness that the mens team lack.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:54 Burke


[Comment From GloveNDGloveND: ]  Taking a little break from the Brey needs to shake things up chat questions, did you relive any of the glory days when in Dayton?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:55 GloveND


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  for net year Sherman has to get some muscle and not worry about a bloody nose--- Connaughton has to find hisa own 3's ( can't be spot up all game) Grant has to learn how to take better control of the ball ( no 6 or 7 TO's per game) and Atkins has tokearn passing is better than just dribbling away 10 -15 seconds every possession
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:56 Guest


[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  After seeing what happened with the Football program in the past few weeks, any players thinking of transferring or too soon to tell? I hope not but it's difficult to keep everyone happy.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:57 Illinois Fool


[Comment From WadeliteWadelite: ]  In case you have not realized, I am not that high on Grant. Outside of a 30 minute span versus Ville he was more bad than good this season and it is sad because he has talent (much more than Atkins). Anyway that was my comment, now my question. Do you really see that much in Burgett? I just do not see it. Despite mimimal PT I could see it in Abro as a frosh and I recall LaPhonso Ellis made the same comments as well. Burgett looks like he could maybe be a factor at Ball State, but not ND in the BE. I'd like to be wrong about this...
  Thursday March 28, 2013 2:59 Wadelite


[Comment From Jeff - Ft. WayneJeff - Ft. Wayne: ]  When will we see a schedule?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 3:00 Jeff - Ft. Wayne


[Comment From TJ, NYTJ, NY: ]  Next year I say allocate free tix to the students for the games just like the other ACC schools. The athletic department has do something to try to stoke up interest in the program.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 3:01 TJ, NY


[Comment From saint knutesaint knute: ]  Is your bracket busted like mine?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 3:02 saint knute


[Comment From Joe ChicagoJoe Chicago: ]  It seems that ND starts slow in every game. Does Brey need to work on a better Rockne pre game talk?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 3:03 Joe Chicago


[Comment From WadeliteWadelite: ]  If Mike Brey were to resign tomorrow, who would you reach out to as a realistic replacement.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 3:03 Wadelite


[Comment From BobBob: ]  Tom, any word on the status of a practice facility? Do you know what form it might take-an add on to the JACC, repurposed existing building? Thanks
  Thursday March 28, 2013 3:03 Bob


[Comment From tomtom: ]  i see Notre Dame going to the Nit next year
  Thursday March 28, 2013 3:08 tom


[Comment From WadeliteWadelite: ]  Tom- do you get as annoyed as I do when announcers go on about 20 win seasons. Seriously for ND, you play 19 games at home with 2/3 versus cupcakes or the bottom dweller of the BE. It is about as meaningful as being bowl eligible or that Steve Stricker has won 5 times more tournament money as Jack Nicklaus.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 3:09 Wadelite


[Comment From TJ, NYTJ, NY: ]  If Grant's teammates step up, he will be better.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 3:11 TJ, NY


[Comment From WadeliteWadelite: ]  Sorry for the Steve Stricker reference, it was that or asking you about Cooley's NBA prospects. Hey why will you not answer the next ND coach question?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 3:12 Wadelite


[Comment From Dave FairportDave Fairport: ]  Brad Stevens--- next ND coach
  Thursday March 28, 2013 3:14 Dave Fairport


[Comment From WadeliteWadelite: ]  Tom- I never said anything about Brey being fired. I said resigned. How about Ben Howland, he seemed to do well at Pitt with 4 year players. I am sure this question gets asked at a lot of places.
  Thursday March 28, 2013 3:17 Wadelite


[Comment From KeithKeith: ]  What is Swarbrick's expectations for the men's program? And, what, do you sense, are the students' attitude towards the program?
  Thursday March 28, 2013 3:18 Keith