Chat Transcript: Talk Notre Dame basketball with Tom Noie

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 Live Chat: Talk Notre Dame basketball with Tom NOie(04/25/2013) 




[Comment From Slide_PieceSlide_Piece: ]  Greetings Tom. Can you talk about the strength and conditioning approach, or mindset, for the current roster of players for this current offseason?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:11 Slide_Piece


[Comment From Dave (Washington, DC)Dave (Washington, DC): ]  Thanks for the chat, Tom. I'm really excited to see the irish play in the ACC. If anything, it means the team's offense will be forced to play more up-tempo in order to compete. I don't mind the burn in limited circumstances, but lord almighty was it brutal to watch.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:15 Dave (Washington, DC)


[Comment From Andy - Glendale HeightsAndy - Glendale Heights: ]  I hope my boss isn't looking over my shoulder. Sorry I've been away so long. I think 9-9 is about where I'd have the Irish right now. I just don't know how the team will react to the different style of play in the ACC. One thing I can say is I hope to see more up-tempo offense. It will be fun seeing some new (old) blood coming to the JACC
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:18 Andy - Glendale Heights


[Comment From DBHendersDBHenders: ]  While some will argue "basketball is basketball" others are going to argue "it is going to take time to adjust to the new league." Could you address those points of view? Also, we all know of Brey's connection with Duke, so he is not totally unfamiliar with the ACC venues and styles. Does that give him a plausible advantage to make the transition easier?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:21 DBHenders


[Comment From MarkMark: ]  Thoughts on the rotation next year? You've probably answered this a lot, but I really feel that Demetrius Jackson will work his way to possibly even starting by the end of the year with a smaller lineup like UNC did this year. I just can't see a lineup featuring Tom Knight and Garrick Sherman succeeding in the ACC.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:24 Mark


[Comment From TJ from VTTJ from VT: ]  Tom, thank you for hosting the chats, I think that they are insightful and provide more depth than what can be found in an article....particularly now that we are in the quiet time for NCAA hoops. At any rate, I have been thinking about the general disappointment with the Irish in the NCAA tournament and there was a comment that you made that the Irish were nice, smart bball players but that the other teams had athletes. I think that is an unfair characterization of the Irish team. They had the ability to beat Louisville, Marquette late in the season. I thought it more of a "head" thing. I was shocked watching the Iowa State game and thought that is was more "shock and awe" than physical inability to play those teams. ND could play with anyone. What is needed is why Cooley disappeared after he had his bout with the flu. I think that he looked and acted as though he was still under the weather.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:29 TJ from VT


[Comment From DBHendersDBHenders: ]  It would seem that transition to the ACC also is a two-way sword for the Lady Irish. Muffet and the Ladies have proven they can take on all comers, including the evil empire in Storrs. While the men are not expected to be top-dog in the ACC for a while, the Ladies immediately become penthouse dwellers and should be odds on favorites in the new conference. Any chance that we will still see UConn once a year?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:35 DBHenders


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  Hey there, Tom... thnx for this chat. I m the guy who, toward the end of season questioned last year's team toughness. now that I have more than 140 characters i hope i can explain better. the toughness i rgought was missing was someone pushing his chest out saying get me the d**n ball, get on my shoulders...i will lead us to a win. do u c someone on this first acc team w that type of personality
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:36 Guest


[Comment From StevenSteven: ]  Now that Notre Dame and DePaul are in different conferences, I was wondering if Notre Dame will play DePaul this coming season? Also any chance Notre Dame will play DePaul at the Allstate Arena?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:38 Steven


[Comment From DBHendersDBHenders: ]  I sense that the "weak sisters" of the Big East are probably a touch better that their equivilents in the ACC. I know in either league on any given day there can be a surprise. I mean, playing in Charlottesville or Atlanta or Winston Salem or Clemson isn't going to be a cake walk any more than playing in Rutgers, or Providence or South Florida was. Is ND closer to the Top Tier in the ACC or more along the lines of another "on any given night" player as this venture starts?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:42 DBHenders


[Comment From Dave (Washington, DC)Dave (Washington, DC): ]  With a lot of Brey's past teams, I've been concerned about the level of athleticism. There's still a little of that now, but my biggest fear about this team is its character. That this group of players is, to a fault, too passive and unassertive. It's fine to have nice guys, but to beat good teams consistently you have to have one or two players willing to push the issue and play with an element of nastiness. Hopefully someone on this roster can bring that next season, but I'm not sure who.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:46 Dave (Washington, DC)


[Comment From Highheater from SBHighheater from SB: ]  Can Biedscheid contribute anything other than his shot? Seems like he was lost after he lost his scoring ability and showed little ability to contribute in other ways.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:47 Highheater from SB


[Comment From Dave (Washington, DC)Dave (Washington, DC): ]  You would think the move to the ACC would change how Brey and the staff recruit. I know he loves certain areas -- Chicago suburbs, I-95 corridor (especially MD), IN, and OH -- but I'd love to see them take advantage of the move and recruit Florida, Virginia, GA, etc.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:49 Dave (Washington, DC)


[Comment From TJ from GoshenTJ from Goshen: ]  one last q from me...i think i have your thoughts but was wondering...based on coach brey's comment of already watcgim film cuz they had that big east thing down to a science that mybe..the failures of postseason last few years ,,,that maybe, just maybe coaches got in too much of a comfort zone...n not enough of a sense of urgency...players or prep properly for ncaa
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:52 TJ from Goshen


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  Tom, As always great chat. What are the odds that this is the last season we see Atkins, Grant and Connaughton in the Irish backcourt. Obviously, Atkins is out of eligibility after this season. Grant has a fifth year but I think even you've hinted at this might be his last year. Also, Pat will have to weigh being a top-pick in next June's draft.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:53 Guest


[Comment From Brooksfan-chicagoBrooksfan-chicago: ]  Tom, I saw Mike speak recently here in Chicago. Topw thigns stood out. First he was very open about trying to find a leader on the floor. Martin went down and that was it. He said that he thought it might be Grant, but now he doesn't believe he can be that guy. In short, he has the same concerns about "heart" that you and the fans do. To me, that is a tall job for him and I frankly think he is frustrated that he has no answer.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 12:58 Brooksfan-chicago


[Comment From Brooksfan-chicagoBrooksfan-chicago: ]  Sorry, sent question before I finished. Second point was that Mike kept referencing Sherman playing a big role next year. I just don't see it, and would rather give those minutes to a younger player. What does MB see in him that we do not?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:01 Brooksfan-chicago


[Comment From Pete Coto de Caza, CAPete Coto de Caza, CA: ]  Have all of Breys recruits graduated? How about Troy Murphy?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:03 Pete Coto de Caza, CA


[Comment From Brooksfan-chicagoBrooksfan-chicago: ]  Tom: Perhaps some glimmer of hope to take into next year. This one seemed to follwo the trend you wrote about pre-season in which projected "good to great" ND teams have underachieved, and ones projected as average or a bit above have outkicked the coverage. I am looking at next year's team as being in that average to above average category, so maybe we'll wind up surprisingly good.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:14 Brooksfan-chicago


[Comment From Tom, Brownsburg, INTom, Brownsburg, IN: ]  Tyler Zeller light? Isn't that redundant?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:15 Tom, Brownsburg, IN


[Comment From Dave (Washington, DC)Dave (Washington, DC): ]  I remember reading something on Katenda being injured. What's his status? He may not be an important player this season, but I predict his development will be important for the 2014-15 season.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:16 Dave (Washington, DC)


[Comment From Brooksfan-chicagoBrooksfan-chicago: ]  Tom, I think there are big expectations for Demetrius coming in next year, expecetations that no one at ND seems to want to tamp down.Other than Chris Thomas, can you think of any other frosh in Brey's era that not only played, but played a starring role his first year out? What are the realistic chances that Brey gives him the keys next year?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:21 Brooksfan-chicago



[Comment From Marc - The RegionMarc - The Region: ]  You mentioned earlier that we would see three Big Ten(?) teams on the schedule. Assuming we play IU at the Crossroads Classic who are the other two?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:26 Marc - The Region


[Comment From Dave (Washington, DC)Dave (Washington, DC): ]  Co-worker of mine came in and shook his head at the fact that an ND Basketball Chat was on my screen in April. Michigan guy...typical. It'll be interesting to see
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:31 Dave (Washington, DC)


[Comment From TJ from VTTJ from VT: ]  Tom, this is going to be a tough question to frame....but it goes along the lines of the games of Cooley, Harangody and Dantley....why the different level of success. I watched Dantley play and he wasn't to be denied but I think stat-wise, the other two had better stats. By the way, what were the relative stats of the three?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:33 TJ from VT


[Comment From Dave (Washington, DC)Dave (Washington, DC): ]  how the ball-handling duties are divided when Atkins, Grant, and Jackson are on the court at the same time. Seems like a lot of guys who need to play with the ball in their hands.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:40 Dave (Washington, DC)


[Comment From StevenSteven: ]  Do you think Jack Cooley will be a 1st Round pick in the NBA draft on June 27th?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:42 Steven


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  Tom, what do you honestly think the expectations of ND admin,both atheletic and otherwise, are for this program. Rightly or wrongly, fans (myself being one of them) have a perception that we have a nice, clean relatively competitive program that makes money, and that the admin is perfectly happy keeping that status as quo. That begs, I know, a bigger question of what should be the expectations for this program.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:45 Guest



[Comment From DBHendersDBHenders: ]  Whatwould you say is the single biggest permanent change that Brey is going to have to make in order for the Irish to stay in the top tier in the ACC. (PS - you previously said that ND was going to have to recruit the South and the Carolinas... As a native of North Carolina, I can tell you the term "The South" already includes the Carolinas LOL)
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:51 DBHenders


[Comment From DBHendersDBHenders: ]  Tom - one thing to keep in mind when looking at stats between Gody and Dantley - AD didn't have the three-point shot or shot clock when he played.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:52 DBHenders


[Comment From Brooksfan-ChicagoBrooksfan-Chicago: ]  Tom, the last question about the program's direction was mine. Didn't mean to leave the name off, but I have actually had to duck out of chat from time to time. Work, you know.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:52 Brooksfan-Chicago


[Comment From DBHendersDBHenders: ]  Should I tell you that Georgia is SOUTH of North Carolina and due west of South Carolina? You sound like you used to be in one of my Geography classes LOL...
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:53 DBHenders


[Comment From StevenSteven: ]  I was wondering if former Notre Dame head coaches John MacLeod and Matt Doherty are still in coaching?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 1:54 Steven


[Comment From Brooksfan-ChicagoBrooksfan-Chicago: ]  Thought your point on Jack Cooley in the NBA is a good one.It indeed seems like hte drat is looking for either frosh-soph "high ceiling" guys or a third or four year player that just lit it up in the NCAA tourney (Jimmer Fredette, Stephen Curry). That being said, one can make a lot of dough sitting at the end of the bench for a lot of years.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 2:01 Brooksfan-Chicago


[Comment From Robb, ColoradoRobb, Colorado: ]  Tom, I really think Auguste will be a key guy next year. Go for something like 10 ppg/8 rbd. He will be starting with Sherman, Atkins, Grant, and Connaughton by Jan. 1. Jackson is 6th man. Sound about right?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 2:05 Robb, Colorado


[Comment From Brooksfan-ChicagoBrooksfan-Chicago: ]  OK, this time work really does call for a longer period, so I need to click off after this. But in all seriousness, do you know whether there was/was not a health problem for Jack at times this year? The flu, or some anemia or blood oxygen issues? I really liked how he worked hard from his first two years, but some of the performances this year were just inexplcable to me.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 2:08 Brooksfan-Chicago


[Comment From Dave (Washington, DC)Dave (Washington, DC): ]  As a fan last season, the player that caused my remote to be thrown to the other side of the living room each game was Jerian Grant (final minute of UL game aside). I'm skeptical that after 3 years he'll suddenly "get it." But, I do think that Demetrius Jackson playing meaningful minutes could help Grant. Having a player like Jackson that can create off the dribble may open things up for Jerian to do what he does best -- shoot the 3, be a slasher, and not make terrible end-of-shot clock decisions.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 2:09 Dave (Washington, DC)


[Comment From RobertRobert: ]  Can you commetn on player development. It is hard to understand ND Basketball has 5-7 top 150 players according to Rivals at the time the players enlisted to Notre Dame. I struggle because I see other teams with less such as IU, Louville, Butler, Gongzga, go deep in the NCAA tournament. So I wonder is player development the issue.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 2:10 Robert


[Comment From Kevin, IndianapolisKevin, Indianapolis: ]  Tom, I know you had mentioned you might be doing a "Where Are They Now" segment on past players. Any idea on where Chris Quinn or Russell Carter are these days.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 2:13 Kevin, Indianapolis


[Comment From Rich Rochester N.Y,Rich Rochester N.Y,: ]  Hello Tom, what do you know about the recently offered Devin Robinson? He certainly wasn't on my radar.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 2:14 Rich Rochester N.Y,


[Comment From Rich Rochester N.Y,Rich Rochester N.Y,: ]  With that schedule Tom, I would be overjoyed with ten league wins. Still a bit under talented for the ACC, but a lot depends on Katenda.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 2:15 Rich Rochester N.Y,


[Comment From Ben (Mission Viejo, CA)Ben (Mission Viejo, CA): ]  How many wins do you see us getting next year in the ACC? I think 4 losses: NC, Duke, Florida State, Syracuse. Also, I've noticed that you are not a big fan of the student section at the home games. What would you suggest? From what I remember when I attended games as a student, the student section stood up more than the rest of the crowd.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 2:16 Ben (Mission Viejo, CA)


[Comment From RobertRobert: ]  Tom, what your are saying is a team with 5-7 top 150 players should always lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament. I will agree Luke H was a great player (Ring of Honor). I just seems ND should do better with the talent they have. Or is the issue recuiting players. I think having another guard off the bench this year would have helped Grant and Atkins.
  Thursday April 25, 2013 2:20 Robert


[Comment From Jerry, St. LouisJerry, St. Louis: ]  With 2 more league games in the ACC than in the Big East, does that impact when the league season starts? Also how will not being in the Big East affect the number of games on TV?
  Thursday April 25, 2013 2:21 Jerry, St. Louis