Mike Brey got a taste of the Coach K circle. He worked for Duke’s legendary coach from 1987-1995. Someone on Brey’s Notre Dame staff asked 24 years later who could possibly replace Coach K. That day seems far away even after nearly 40 years, but it didn’t take Brey long to imagine his ideal choice.
It had to be a former Duke player. One with the stomach for the job, its spotlight and criticism. Bobby Hurley would be “fabulous,” Brey said.
Hurley played for the Blue Devils from 1989-1993 during Brey’s tenure as an assistant. He currently coaches Arizona St. His coaching career began in 2010 between Wagner, Rhode Island and Buffalo before joining the Sun Devils in 2015. He’s a career 115-78 head coach and reached each of the last two NCAA Tournaments.
“He could handle it, because he’s tough enough mentally to handle it,” Brey said. “It would be reminiscent, because he is intense … this guy named Mike Krzyzewski in 1980 until about ’84, when he was building (Duke), he wanted to fight everybody too. He came out with a statement that shook up the ACC after a Duke-Carolina game maybe his second year. He said, ‘I think there’s a double-standard with officiating about Carolina.'”
Jeff Goodman and Brey ran the gamut of college basketball topics. Brey explained a down Notre Dame season. The new ACC schedule and expanded three-point line in college entered focus. Even former basketball camp director Bobby Jacobs received an update.
But the two dug in deepest to the NCAA’s recruiting calendar. Brey explained changes that followed the FBI NCAA investigation and saving Peach Jam. He stressed relationships with high school coaches and the NBA.
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0:00 Pat Connaughton’s return
6:30 Notre Dame’s 2018-19 lull
11:00 New ACC schedule
14:00 Transfer “epidemic?”
22:17 NCAA recruiting calendar
33:00 New NCAA 3-pt line
36:42 Bobby Jacobs update
38:37 Duke brotherhood and a Coach K replacement idea