Fighting Irish Athletics | March 22, 2015
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey's calls to his mother Betty during the season focused little on her son's well-being and more on the state of his team.
''Very rarely did I get `Hey, Mike, how you doing?''' Brey said. ''It's like `Have you got them ready? Are they ready? I think we can beat Duke, Mike.' It's unbelievable. She was intense.''
It came with the territory for Betty Brey Mullen, an Olympic swimmer who briefly held a butterfly world record and instilled in her three children the tenacity they carry with them. Brey relied on it heavily on Saturday night, guiding the Irish to a thrilling 67-64 win over in-state rival Butler in the NCAA Tournament and a spot in the Sweet 16.