Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey has a soft spot for the University at Buffalo football program. A very soft spot.
Brey’s son, Kyle, was a tight end on the UB team in 2008 that won the Mid-America Conference championship over Ball State. The Notre Dame coach went on a tangent during Wednesday’s NCAA Tournament news conference about the UB football program.
“Man, I still have an open bar tab at the bar at the Marriott in Amherst,” Brey said. “I’m going to have to go and clear that from 2008. The 2008 MAC champs, that’s all I’m talkin’ about, baby. I was here for a lot of those games.”
Kyle Brey graduated from UB in 2011. He played a lot of snaps for the Bulls, largely in a blocking role at tight end and as a key special teamer. He made some key catches in a dramatic win over Temple in 2008.
“My son had a fabulous experience at UB playing for Turner Gill,” Mike Brey said. “They won the MAC. And as many big games and exciting games as I’ve been part of – and tomorrow will be one – there’s nothing like watching your son play and watching him win a MAC championship at Ford Field back in 2008. He gave us the scouting report on the steakhouse last night. A lot of great memories here in Buffalo and of UB.”
Notre Dame plays Princeton Thursday at KeyBank Center.
Kyle Brey was named last month as new head football coach at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, N.C. Kyle Brey formerly was a quality control assistant coach for Urban Meyer at Ohio State. He has held assistant jobs at Kansas, Nebraska and Youngstown State.
“He’s a head coach now,” Mike Brey said. “He’s all fired up, ready to go. They’re moving to Charlotte. He did the college thing. He’s going to do the high school thing. And I’m kind of his agent. He’d be pretty good back at UB, someday. He’d be pretty good in about six or seven years back at UB. Let’s talk UB football. Let’s not talk basketball. Let’s talk MAC champs, 2008.”