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Brown: Coach's pain Notre Dame's gain

Holtz breaks finger showing flanker punt-return technique, and rest is Heisman history

Updated: November 9, 2011, 12:45 AM ET
By Jeff Miller | Special to ESPNDallas.com

Outlined against a blue-gray April sky, a punt changed Tim Brown's life. And it wasn't even headed toward him.

One of the conclusions new Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz reached during his first spring in South Bend in 1986 was that Brown, a junior flanker, had not gotten the ball enough during his first two seasons, under the previous coach, Gerry Faust.

Holtz decided the 6-foot, 195-pound Brown should not only catch passes but take pitches and return kickoffs and punts; he emphasized ...

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