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March Madness: An 'out-of-body experience' for Coastal Carolina coach
March Madness: An 'out-of-body experience' for Coastal Carolina coach

A strange thing happened to Cliff Ellis in the minutes after the Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team earned an NCAA tournament berth with Sunday’s victory in the Big South tournament. Emotion welled up in the coach and, for a moment, the past seemed to come alive. “It was a flashback,” Ellis said in a telephone interview. “It was an out-of-body experience.” He thought of the three other schools -- Auburn, Clemson and South Alabama -- he’s led to the NCAA tournament. He thought of players he coached, from Elden Campbell to Horace Grant. He thought about meeting John Wooden for the first time at a Florida coaching clinic in the 1970s. He...

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