After 23 years with Mike Brey as the head coach of their basketball program, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish entered this offseason looking for a new head coach.
There was a lot of pressure on the Irish to find a good fit after struggling to an 11-21 record this past season.
The search didn’t take long.
There has only been one name consistently linked to the job over recent weeks and the Irish wasted no time making him their next head coach.
According to CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander, Notre Dame is finalizing a deal with Penn State coach Micah Shrewsberry to become their next head coach on a 7-yer deal.
BREAKING: Micah Shrewsberry is leaving Penn State after two seasons and finalizing a 7-year deal to be the next coach at Notre Dame, sources told @CBSSports. Shrewsberry has been ND’s top target for the past two weeks—but talks didn’t begin until PSU was knocked out of the NCAAT.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 22, 2023
Shrewsberry became a prime candidate for a major job this season as he led the Nittany Lions to an NCAA Tournament berth.
However, it didn’t always appear that he was going to actually leave Penn State this offseason.
The team’s run to the Big 10 final along with their 20 wins heading into the NCAA Tournament had already convinced some that Penn State needed to lock Shrewsberry down, but it was reported after the team’s win over Texas A&M that they were preparing to make a significant commitment to him.
It seems whatever commitment they were ready to make, it wasn’t enough to convince him to turn down this deal from Notre Dame.
Now he’ll be tasked with returning Notre Dame to the program that was a regular in the NCAA Tournament just a few years.
If this year was any indication, he should give ND a good chance to turn things around quickly.