Penn State coach Micah Shrewsberry and Notre Dame have begun to have talks.
Dave Jones of PennLive.com and The Harrisburg Patriot-News, reported this early Monday evening.
Jones tweeted that a “reliable source” told him Shrewsberry is in talks with Notre Dame.
Am told by reliable source, Micah Shrewsberry now in talks with Notre Dame. I believe Penn State made its pitch. Whatever is going to happen, stay or go, will happen soon.
— David Jones (@djoneshoop) March 20, 2023
“I believe Penn State made its pitch,” Jones wrote. “Whatever is going to happen, stay or go, will happen soon.”
Penn State’s magical season ended Saturday night with a 71-66 loss to second-seeded Texas in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32.
Rumors of Shrewsberry leaving Penn State have been circulating since well before Saturday. The two main schools that were reported to have interest are Georgetown and Notre Dame.
Georgetown hired Providence’s Ed Cooley Monday, meaning that the common perception is that Shrewsberry will either leave for Notre Dame or stay at Penn State.
There are many reasons to think the Notre Dame job would be compelling to Shrewsberry. Although the Irish struggled to an 11-21 record this past season, the program had success over Mike Brey’s 23 seasons as head coach, making 13 NCAA Tournaments, three Sweet 16s and two Elite Eights.
Another big factor is that Shrewsberry’s an Indiana guy, and Notre Dame’s an Indiana school.
Shrewsberry is an Indianapolis native and 15 of his 24 seasons in coaching have been at Indiana schools. Most notably, Shrewsberry assisted Brad Stevens at Butler from 2007-11 and Matt Painter at Purdue over two stints (2011-13, 19-21).
Purdue was Shrewsberry’s most recent stop before Penn State hired him in the spring of ‘21.
Over two seasons at Penn State, Sherewsberry is 37-31 overall and 17-23 in the Big Ten. He led a basketball renaissance in Happy Valley this season, going 23-14. Penn State made its first Big Ten championship game since 2011, it’s first NCAA Tournament in the same timespan and won its first NCAA Tournament game since 2001.
Nittany Sports Now spoke with former Penn State player and current ESPN college basketball analyst Jon Crispin before the NCAA Tournament, and he mentioned the Notre Dame job as one that could be of great interest for Micah Shrewsberry.
“I think the Notre Dame one is very interesting to me because he’s an Indiana guy,” Crispin said. “He has ties to Butler and Purdue. He’d probably play Purdue every other year, if not every year, and they could offer him a ridiculous amount of money.”