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Villa 7 opened doors for Shaka Smart

Originally Published: March 31, 2011
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

An exhausted Norwood Teague woke up to catch an early flight out of Oregon. As he headed toward the door, he saw a piece of paper sitting on the floor.

It wasn't there in the wee hours of the morning when he turned in after a day's worth of meetings. Yet now, at just 6 a.m., there it was.

"It was a note from Shaka, just telling me how much he appreciated having some time to speak with him,'' Teague said.

Four years and one coaching change later, Teague would ...

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