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If the blazer fits, wear it

In 1978, Bill Walsh gave Ivan Maisel some secretive information. Fifteen years later, Maisel gave the legendary coach the clothes off his back.

Originally Published: July 30, 2007
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Because of Bill Walsh, I learned that a Hall of Fame head coach put on his pants one leg at a time. Or, 15 years later, that a Hall of Fame coach put on my blazer one arm at a time.

Let me explain: I met Walsh when I was an 18-year-old sportswriter.

As a writer for The Stanford Daily, I went to interview Walsh. You have to understand, I grew up in Alabama, where my concept of the Head Coach As Deity took root. Coaches, or at least a certain one in my state, walked on water. ...

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