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Kelly remembers James

Updated: April 7, 2010, 9:55 PM ET
By George Smith | ESPNChicago.com

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly said he had a close relationship with Matt James, the recruit who died over the weekend after falling from a motel balcony in Panama City, Fla.

Speaking after practice on Wednesday, Kelly called the death "a tragic accident."

He described the 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive lineman as a "big old teddy bear."

"He really had a dry sense of humor," Kelly said. "He wanted to make a difference. He wanted to stand out."

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