Duke head coach, Mike Kryzewski, said in an interview with the New York Post that he was unhappy with the fact that Notre Dame is only sort of half in the ACC. In football, they remain an independent team but in all other sports, they are part of the ACC.
For coach K, he doesn’t agree with the school’s methods and think that there should be solidarity among all of Notre Dame’s spots.
“I think you can’t do something for one that you’re not willing to do for all in these type of situations. I would never have accepted personally them coming in and not being totally in.Why don’t Duke and North Carolina do something different in basketball? I mean it’s not right. I’m happy that they’re part of it I’m just not happy the way that they’re apart of it. They add value but, just being old-fashioned, [if] we’re playing cards, we all get five cards. That’s why they were never a member of the Big Ten.”
To be honest, I see where coach K is coming from. A lot of the ACC teams are not exactly football powerhouses and not being apart of it for football allows Notre Dame to pick and choose who they play. It seems like a purely monetary reason which is not a good look for both the NCAA and the Fighting Irish.
That being said, coach K does not have the power to make any changes to how the conference rules will work for his conference. Because of this, openly criticizing Notre Dame, a team that for all intents and purposes in the basketball world, is part of the ACC, it does not look great in terms of conferences being “one big family”
In response to Kryzewski’s quote, Brey argued that it was different era and that the Fighting Irish should just be accepted in the ACC.
“In this time of conference realignment, you’ve got to think outside the box and (ACC commissioner) John Swofford did that. He got us and we’re in” said Brey. “Let’s wake up and smell the roses. This is a whole new era. … That’s been out there – ‘God, they got in, but they got in without bringing football. I’m like, ‘We’re in man, pat us on the back. We’re in the family.’ “
Ultimately this quote will be forgotten in the matter of days but at the moment, there is some tension between coach K and Notre Dame’s coach, Mike Brey who was an assistant to Kryzewski at Duke for quite a while. If anything, this little dust up might be a good way to start a rivalry between the two schools for the start of the next ACC season.