Niele Ivey has gone to the Final Four as a player and as an assistant coach at Notre Dame.  Now, can she steer this program back there as the head coach?

Notre Dame was among the elite of the elite in women’s college basketball

Average, or anything around it, never was an option.

Not acceptable. Not even close.

Not for a Notre Dame women’s basketball program that enjoyed a recent string of nine seasons of at least 31 wins. A program that advanced to the NCAA tournament Elite Eight in eight of nine seasons, including a ridiculous run of five straight. A program that won Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles five times in its first six seasons in the league. A program that knew nothing but success. Regular-season success. Postseason success. Success.

Where is that program?

This has the look and the feel of a program in transition, but transitioning to what/where is unclear. Is Notre Dame sliding from elite status to just another college basketball squad? Is it just taking a brief break from all those conference tournament championships and national rankings and routine Final Four visits before it returns? Can it get back to being Notre Dame?

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *