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The leader of the Fighting Irish

Baseball coach Mik Aoki has personal connection to football

Originally Published: March 7, 2013
By Teddy Mitrosilis | ESPN.com

Mik Aoki keeps a football in his home office. It's old and leather and, unlike him, deflated from the years.

This feels appropriate for South Bend, Ind., a rustic place where golden domes shine, Touchdown Jesus lurks and the force behind the University of Notre Dame brand is present and powerful.

"Baseball is important here," says Aoki, in his third season leading the Irish's program. "But of course football gets the lion's share of attention, and ...

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