It goes without saying that this has been a trying season for Notre Dame. A 9-9 overall record and losing six of its first seven ACC games will create some tension. So one day after his team’s latest frustrating loss at Syracuse, Mike Brey decided to liven things up. While there’s nothing wrong with a coach doing that, Brey’s chosen method was rather puzzling:
Look, it’s fine to give your players a treat every now and then. The season is long and grinding, so you often need to break up the doldrums, especially when things are going badly. But Krispy Kreme seems more like a reward for good play, which this year’s Irish have not earned. They just barely earned their lone conference victory so far, and most nonconference wins were anything but impressive.
While this story fits Brey’s relaxed persona, it’s not what Irish fans need to hear right now. What they need to hear is that Brey is doing everything he can to salvage something from a season that has gone completely sideways. This won’t help his case.
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