There has been unrest in the world of college basketball over the past week in the wake of the FBI’s fraud and bribery investigation. For Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey, it’s a time to assert that the Fighting Irish program has been clean during his tenure.
Brey met with reporters after the Irish opened preseason practice on Monday and gave his first public comments on the investigation, mentioning that he is “try(ing) not to be distracted” and is aiming his focus on the upcoming season.
[E]very day people want to talk about that. I don’t really have much more to comment on it other than what I’ve just said and to say it’s kind of a criminal investigation and you don’t know what’s up and what’s down.
Brey is heading into his eighteenth season with the Fighting Irish, standing twelve wins shy of passing Digger Phelps on the program’s all-time wins list. He told reporters that he prides himself in keeping track of the happenings around the team – a sharp contrast to the situation at Louisville, where Rick Pitino would constantly claim a lack of knowledge of wrongdoing when it came to allegations that would haunt the program.
I’ve always been very confident (in) our philosophy, how we’ve run it, the kind of kids that are attracted to us. The clientele that’s attracted to this place and the mission of this school and the overall package kind of makes for a young man that’s getting the big picture of the package of just rooms, books, board and tuition — and associated fees. That’s what it says in the rule book.
Notre Dame finished 26-10 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament as a five seed, where they fell in the second round to West Virginia. The Irish open the season at DePaul on November 11.
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