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From Grand Valley to Grander Opportunity

Joe Raymond/AP

Before Brian Kelly restored the luster to Notre Dame, he coached the Lakers. These were not the Los Angeles Lakers; more like the complete opposite. These were the Grand Valley State Lakers, a Division II football team in Allendale, Mich.

This was not a brief stopover for Kelly, a steppingstone on the usual itinerant career path, a place to spend a year or two and beef up the old résumé while keeping one eye cocked toward somewhere better. Kelly built the foundation of his career at Grand Valley.

There, he became a coach.

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