Chat Transcript: Talk Notre Dame basketball with Tom Noie

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 Live Chat: Talk Notre Dame basketball with Tom Noie(05/09/2013) 




Tom Noie:  Have a few notes to pass along regarding Jerain Grant, Jack Cooley, scheduling and the possibility of fast-tracking the construction of a practice facility......but you're going to have to participate first.
  Thursday May 9, 2013 12:00 Tom Noie
[Comment From Ricardo-IndyRicardo-Indy: ]  It's a shame Brey didn't ventilate the staff. Bring in someone with defensive prowess and recruiting skill.
  Thursday May 9, 2013 12:00 Ricardo-Indy



[Comment From Jared - IndyJared - Indy: ]  Now that the Close the Gap event is over, any plans on a similar event for the Irish in Indy?
  Thursday May 9, 2013 12:12 Jared - Indy


[Comment From Jim, NYCJim, NYC: ]  I think ND BB became a little too comfortable in the BE.The formula became win ninety percent of your home games, beat SHU or/and South Florida or/and DePaul away and get eleven or twelve BE wins and thus win 20 plus games overall to get to the Tournament. What are your thoughts?
  Thursday May 9, 2013 12:14 Jim, NYC


[Comment From Ricardo-IndyRicardo-Indy: ]  For now, it looks like it's just you and me. So here goes. Redshirts for next year, I would say Beachem and the kid from Penn. Unfortunately Beachem received little or no defensive coaching in high school. Having watched him play, it may take a year for our coaches to flush the poor coaching out of him. His shooting will remind most of Cameron "Bad Shot", hence they could become the Bad Shot Brothers. Jackson and Vastoria will be needed and hopefully they will get their chances
  Thursday May 9, 2013 12:17 Ricardo-Indy


[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  Any updates on next season's recruits? With ACC membership it will be interesting to see the type of player we can get.
  Thursday May 9, 2013 12:28 Illinois Fool


[Comment From Jim, NYCJim, NYC: ]  Tom, You continue to do a first rate job covering ND BB. I believe there may be a connection between the BE being such a physical,mainly half court league and the fact that ND does not play well in the NCAA. Many of the BE teams played a similar style. Now in the Tournament, there is such a wide variety of styles played like ISU. What is your hypothesis for ND's poor performance in the post season?
  Thursday May 9, 2013 12:31 Jim, NYC


[Comment From Ricardo-IndyRicardo-Indy: ]  Over the summer, Burgett and Biedschied will need to become weight room warriors. In addition, as you mentioned earlier, Cam will need to become a better shooter and ball handler, with Burgett fine tuning his shot and low post presence. Those guys will have to play, and play a lot for Brey to survive his first season in the ACC.
  Thursday May 9, 2013 12:35 Ricardo-Indy


[Comment From JeromeJerome: ]  It's not baffling. It seems to me that there is one constant over the past ten seasons, in which 72 different schools have been represented in the Sweet 16, with Notre Dame not being one of them. In fact, ND has 2 wins total in that span. I think that's fairly unacceptable for a program that says it wants to compete for championships in every sport.
  Thursday May 9, 2013 12:39 Jerome


[Comment From Jim, NYCJim, NYC: ]  A thought on Vasturia. I saw him four times in HS. He's a good player, smart, can shot it from distance and Morris is a terrific coach. The problem is strength, he looks fifteen. Plus, look for him to get a lot of shots blocked going to the basket, he releases the ball underhanded from his waist. That has to change. He's a two time MVP of the Philly Catholic league but that league is way down from a decade ago
  Thursday May 9, 2013 12:45 Jim, NYC


[Comment From JeromeJerome: ]  Spare me the dramatic, Tom. How about competing for championships, then? Those other coaches you mentioned are, by any measure, competing for them, where Mike Brey is not. I know you don't want to ruffle feathers, but how can you reasonably think this program is going places (i.e., destined to win more than one game each postseason) with him at the helm?
  Thursday May 9, 2013 12:48 Jerome


[Comment From JeromeJerome: ]  Also, what are the larger ailments than Mike Brey? Facilities? Location? There are a lot of schools, and in less desirable locales, with comparable facilities who have done consistently better in postseason play.
  Thursday May 9, 2013 12:52 Jerome


[Comment From LawrenceLawrence: ]  Just to engage you on the Knight/Sherman/Auguste/Burgett dilemma. None of them seems to possess the interior toughness jack had yet- how do you see the bis evolving from start to end season proposal on how to use them, including Cam & Pat in a possible small line up? ( I know, a mouthful!)
  Thursday May 9, 2013 12:53 Lawrence


[Comment From Jim, NYCJim, NYC: ]  ND has always treated the MBB's program as a handmaiden to FB. The program IMO is treated with benign neglect. Combine many factors i.e. an operational budget that was
  Thursday May 9, 2013 12:58 Jim, NYC


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  If you do fire Brey, you'd likely have to take a flyer on a young coach to come in and "shake things up" - meaning no big time coach would give ND a look... but hiring someone young/unproven would be such a roll of the dice, with the restrictions ND imposes on itself in recruiting. The team could easily take several steps back if that coach didn't work out.
  Thursday May 9, 2013 1:01 Guest


[Comment From SmittySmitty: ]  (Forgot to sign my name)...Is the sad truth just that Swarbrick and ND admin is okay with a program that competes for a spot in the NCAA tourney each year, with the Sweet 16 being their "championship"... so long as they graduate their players?
  Thursday May 9, 2013 1:02 Smitty


[Comment From SteveSteve: ]  How much PT do you see Jackson getting? Do you see him as a 1 or 2?
  Thursday May 9, 2013 1:04 Steve


[Comment From Joe Camp Hill, PAJoe Camp Hill, PA: ]  Keep up the great work. Do you know when the complete schedule will come out? I am hopeful that the Irish play @ MD so I can see them play there.
  Thursday May 9, 2013 1:06 Joe Camp Hill, PA


[Comment From LawrenceLawrence: ]  Thanks Tom,any indication from your suggestion of how EA was used earlier in his career that Jackson helps EA/Grant's minutes to reduce from the current 38min average to about 30-32? Or will he still stick with his 'veteran guard' philosophy- which in all honesty wears the out (IMO more mentally than physically)?
  Thursday May 9, 2013 1:12 Lawrence


[Comment From Tal, Valley Center, CA.Tal, Valley Center, CA.: ]  Tom, in my opinion, what Notre Dame has always lacked is that uber marquee guy. A true difference-maker, a genuine top 15 talent. I'm not saying that Brey has been ineffectual as a recruiter but for as long as he's been there, I think he could have scored at least one mega recruit, someone to build the entire program around. I know recruiting to ND has its challenges but somehow you've got to break through with that truly special guy. Will Brey ever be able to land the Big Fish?
  Thursday May 9, 2013 1:17 Tal, Valley Center, CA.


[Comment From SteveSteve: ]  Has been any mention of Notre Dame playing DePaul next season?
  Thursday May 9, 2013 1:22 Steve


[Comment From Ricardo-IndyRicardo-Indy: ]  Does Brey recruit with the same academic requirements that Kellly does? And if Brey has a different set of standards what are those differences and why?
  Thursday May 9, 2013 1:25 Ricardo-Indy



[Comment From LawrenceLawrence: ]  So with the ACC match-ups set for home and away, what your 'way-too-early ACC record'?
  Thursday May 9, 2013 1:38 Lawrence


[Comment From MarkMark: ]  A friend of mine was at a meeting with some athletic dept people about the stdium etc. The new practice facility was on the map south east corner of the Joyce Center. Accross from the Soccer Stadium. The new addition will have a food court for students and a restaurant in the south end. The lan shows a parking aggrage going in the south lot removing Legends which could go into the stadium along with a museum. The visiting team lcoker room will be otuside the new south tunnel as plans are right now
  Thursday May 9, 2013 1:47 Mark
Tom Noie:  Solid details....thanks for sharing.
  Thursday May 9, 2013 1:47 Tom Noie
[Comment From LawrenceLawrence: ]  Seems like I'm the only one who's game! Did the ACC adjust its pairings for scheduling ? I know we had been paired with BC and some other school (Georgia Tech?), but given the Geography and recent basketball history, I think going on Louisville would be a better pairing, no? Or will the big boys at Tobacco road want to grab them and keep them to themselves?
  Thursday May 9, 2013 1:48 Lawrence