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America's Friendliest Football Coach

Who'd make a voice mail for a lowly fan -- twice? This guy.

Updated: July 13, 2011, 7:56 PM ET
By Ryan Hockensmith | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the July 25, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

IT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE and anywhere. Restaurants, malls, even urinals. A phone, connected to a random college football fan, appears. "Coach, big fan. Could you call my grandma and wish her a happy birthday?" With the public and maybe cell-phone cameras watching, most coaches oblige with a smile and a handshake.

But The Mag wanted to know which head man is the friendliest when no one is looking. ...

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