Notre Dame men’s basketball coach Mike Brey wrapped up his final home game with the Fighting Irish on Wednesday night and secured an upset 88-81 victory over Pittsburgh.
Brey will guide Notre Dame against Clemson before the ACC Tournament begins. The Fighting Irish are 11-19 overall this season and would need to win to secure an automatic bid into the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament later this month.
After the game, Brey was seen at a bar in South Bend. He said that on Tuesday he would be partying after the game is won or lost.
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«We’re shutting down that fool,» he said in video recorded at the Linebacker Lounge, according to ESPN. «There is no curfew.»
Brey took over as head coach at Notre Dame for Matt Doherty in 2000. He led the Fighting Irish to a regular-season Big East championship and an NCAA tournament in his first year. Notre Dame made the tournament 13 times with Brey.
He announced in January that he would retire after the end of the season, but he didn’t quite close the door on coaching.
«I’m definitely not done training,» Brey told Stadium last month.
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Notre Dame and Brey announced in January that the 23-year-old coach from South Bend, Indiana, would leave the program after the season.
«It’s been a great run for me and our show over the past two decades, but it’s time for a new voice to guide this group into the future,» Brey said in a statement. «I want to thank our student-athletes, assistant coaches and support staff who have played key roles in the culture we have created.»
Brey is the all-time winningest coach in program history.
«Mike (Brey) and I have talked often over the past few years about a future transition in the leadership of the show and during our most recent conversation we came to the mutual conclusion that the end of this season represented the right time,» said the actor. University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick in January.
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«That Mike (Brey) is the winningest coach in the 119-year history of Notre Dame men’s basketball speaks to his ability as a master of the game. However, his even greater legacy lies in his accomplishments as an educator and mentor to the youngsters who played for him. In that sense, he represents this university as well as any coach I’ve worked with during my time at Notre Dame. And for that reason, I look forward to working with Mike to define his future role within Notre Dame. «Lady of Athletics».
Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.