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May 2016 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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BY LOU SOMOGYI T hroughout his 16-year head coaching career at Notre Dame, Mike Brey has often spoken about two subjects he believes in adamantly: building good karma and the law of averages. Both have turned sig- nificantly in his favor the past two seasons, specifi- cally in March. Throughout the first 14 years of his Notre Dame tenure, Brey was to col- lege basketball what Marty Schottenheimer was to the NFL from 1984-2006 — a stellar and consistent regular- season coach, but a 5-13 playoff record couldn't quite elevate him into ex- alted Hall-of-Fame status. Schottenheimer didn't even have a losing re- cord until his 15th season (Brey had his lone one in year 14 at Notre Dame). UNDER THE DOME TREND REVERSAL Notre Dame men's basketball achieved its greatest postseason success the past two years Head coach Mike Brey's Fighting Irish are the lone men's team in college basketball to advance to the Elite Eight each of the last two years. PHOTO BY ANDREW IVINS

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