As soon as the news of Gary Williams' retirement occurred, a natural name to fill the Maryland basketball coaching vacancy was Mike Brey, the Notre Dame basketball coach that has ties to Washington D.C. However, it appears that Brey will be staying at Notre Dame. Brey is currently working on a contract extension with the Fighting Irish, according to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune.
Although Gary Williams' retirement after 22 years on the Terrapins sideline has been official for only a few hours, Brey's deep ties to the Maryland area and his success in breathing life into the Irish program apparently caught the eye of athletic director Kevin Anderson.
But after a 27-win season that at one point featured a top-five national ranking, Brey and Notre Dame are working on a contract extension, the source said. That may preempt any advances from the ACC school in the Irish coach's home state.
Brey grew up in Bethesda, Md, and was a graduate of DeMatha. He also coached there as an assistant for five years before moving up in the college basketball world. He has been at Notre Dame since 2000, compiling a 238-120 record in 11 years on the job.