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08:21 AM ET 03.19 | A complicated and dispiriting end to Notre Dame's season will have to wait for its postscript, which may have a bright future. [After the loss to Xavier, Jerian Grant's] voice was filled with grief and disbelief as he discussed the snafu -- he had left his position outside the arc too early on a 1-and-1 with 2.8 seconds left, negating both attempts -- and then anger provided clarity when he considered what would happen after the latest postseason Irish funeral. "With the guys we have in our locker room, it's going to be crazy motivation," Grant said after the bracing 67-63 setback. ... It should be the beginning of the most tantalizing two-year stretch of Notre Dame basketball in recent memory.

Chicago Tribune

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March 19, 2012  09:01 AM ET

Sounds like Irish football instead of basketball...next year.

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March 19, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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Brey does an outstanding job at ND. Brey wins with kids that are smart enough to get into ND grade wise. Brey cannot bring in the moron knuckle draggers the other schools without standards recruit. ND has ethics and recruits kids with brains. Most of the other schools have players that do not belong in college or a classroom.

Okay. Now what?

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March 19, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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Brey does an outstanding job at ND. Brey wins with kids that are smart enough to get into ND grade wise. Brey cannot bring in the moron knuckle draggers the other schools without standards recruit. ND has ethics and recruits kids with brains. Most of the other schools have players that do not belong in college or a classroom.

If that's the case, then join the Ivy league

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March 19, 2012  09:53 AM ET
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Sounds like Irish football instead of basketball...next year.

This X 1,000.......just wait till NEXT year!!! ND will win NC's in football and basketball!!

Stop laughing....I mean it! Next year, yeah....NEXT year is our year. This time, I REALLY REALLY mean it!!

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March 19, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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This mind frame isn't unique to just Notre Dame fans...

I know, buddy.....just fun picking on you guys a little bit.

It may not be a unique skill set for other fan bases, but your football fan base as mastered it and taken it to a professional level. It's not all bad, though. IMO, ND has one of the most knowledgable, loyal and optomistic fan bases out there....just keep thinking about the little boy that cried wolf. every time I read that story to my son, I think ND football.

Some day, the wolf will show up, and you guys can have LOTS of fun saying I told you so........

March 19, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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Brey just goes on watching his players graduate and become successful productive citizens and contributing to the betterment of the country. Brey can also watch the schools with the knob heads and knuckle draggers flunk out and go back to the streets. ND kids graduate and even though they won't win national championships they just win in the game of life. Yes Life is great at ND and they clean image Brey's kids project is so refreshing to see. The way it should be nice clean cut kids going to class graduating and becoming successful.

Saints huh?

March 19, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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This mind frame isn't unique to just Notre Dame fans...

True. But aggies are aggies.

March 19, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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This mind frame isn't unique to just Notre Dame fans...

Very true but ask yourself this, how many of us upon reading the headline, thought this would be about hoops??? Exactly. No one.

March 19, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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I know, buddy.....just fun picking on you guys a little bit. It may not be a unique skill set for other fan bases, but your football fan base as mastered it and taken it to a professional level. It's not all bad, though. IMO, ND has one of the most knowledgable, loyal and optomistic fan bases out there....just keep thinking about the little boy that cried wolf. every time I read that story to my son, I think ND football.Some day, the wolf will show up, and you guys can have LOTS of fun saying I told you so........

Ah, The Shepherd Boy story...or Chicken Little.

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March 19, 2012  10:36 AM ET

seems to be notre dames calling card.. "Wait till next year" I will wait and wait and wait and the results won't change. one and done, one and done, one and done.. and don't get me started on the football team

March 19, 2012  10:43 AM ET
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It's never been an issue of recruiting(well minus Tyrone) it just seems like we've been cursed lately(Look no further than the three straight miracles an outmatched Michigan team has pulled off.) I think we have the coach, we have the system, it really is a question of when now...This team should win 9-10 games next year assuming Tommy Rees rides the pine. It's a tough schedule with road games at Michigan State, Oklahoma and USCI liken it to God's testing of Job.

Agree with everything you said, except the 9-10 wins. IMO, you'll have a better football team than last year, but likely end with the same number of wins. It'll be interesting to see the feedback towards your coach if the wins are the same or fewer in 12 than 11. That schedule looks too tough to me.

Can't wait for CFB to start.......

March 19, 2012  10:58 AM ET
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It's never been an issue of recruiting(well minus Tyrone) it just seems like we've been cursed lately(Look no further than the three straight miracles an outmatched Michigan team has pulled off.) I think we have the coach, we have the system, it really is a question of when now...This team should win 9-10 games next year assuming Tommy Rees rides the pine. It's a tough schedule with road games at Michigan State, Oklahoma and USCI liken it to God's testing of Job.

I gotta question for ya on this one Pirate. Seriously. If you think you have the coach, and the system, but that coach, and system keeps giving you 8 win seasons, (especially with all the talent that keeps signing up in South Bend) at what point do you think maybe the coach and/or system is wrong??? I understand the snakebit thing to a point, but you can only use that as a crutch for so long. Ya know???

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