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“I’ve had mixed emotions, because we’ve built a heck of an identity with our basketball program in the Big East,” he said. “But certainly with my roots in this league, growing up in the shadow of the University of Maryland and eight years over at Duke, I’m really excited about the new challenge for our basketball program.”

Brey said he thinks the move will help Notre Dame’s recruiting efforts in the Washington area. There was discussion of Notre Dame moving to the Big 12, and Brey resisted the idea. He’s intent on keeping his roots in the East.

“I said, ‘Jack, we can’t just lose the East,’” he said. “The East is important to our school and especially our basketball program. I’m really thrilled we stay in the East, and we stay in the East with a really neat product to be unveiled.”