Mike Brey Has A Very Relatable Plan To Celebrate Coaching His Last Home Game At Notre Dame

Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey

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Football has historically been the crown jewel of the athletic department at the University of Notre Dame. With that said, the school’s basketball teams have also been the source of plenty of pride.

Muffet McGraw brought a couple of national championships back to South Bend during her storied tenure, and while Mike Brey failed to do the same, he still deserves plenty of credit for helping the team reclaim some of its former glory.

Notre Dame’s men’s basketball team was a perennial NCAA Tournament contender during the Digger Phelps Era that spanned from 1971 to 1991, but the program devolved into a shell of its former self in the decade or so after his departure.

However, Brey wasted no time turning things around after he was hired at the start of the millennium, as the Fighting Irish punched their ticket to March Madness thirteen times (including back-to-back Elite Eight appearances in 2015 and 2016) with the head coach at the helm.

Unfortunately, it was unable to sustain that success, as the team has faced some notable struggles in recent years. The current season has been no exception, and in January, Brey announced he’d be bringing his time at the school to an end at the end of the year after 23 seasons.

The 10-19 squad will play their final home game of the year when they host Pitt on Wednesday night.

On Tuesday, Brey revealed he already has plans to celebrate after coaching his last game in South Bend when he told reporters he’ll be stepping into the Linebacker Lounge (South Bend’s premier college bar) for the first time ever and presumably having a few drinks because “there ain’t no curfew.”

That’s pretty on-brand for a man who said he was hoping to celebrate last year’s win over Rutgers on St. Patrick’s Day with some Irish whiskey.