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Texas A&M triumphs for first Final Four

Stellar guard play from Sydneys, Aggies' defense lead the way to Indy

Originally Published: March 29, 2011
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

DALLAS -- It all began in this city for Texas A&M coach Gary Blair, literally. He was born and raised in Dallas, graduating from high school in 1963, the year JFK was assassinated here.

He served time in the Marines, then went to Texas Tech and played baseball. In 1973, he started coaching the South Oak Cliff High girls' team in Dallas. It was a job not many would have wanted, but Blair saw something in the sport that captured his imagination as a certified sports junkie. He recognized ...

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