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March 30, 2013

MSU grad living the dream in Miami


“This is a 365-day job. In this business everyone’s trying to get better.”

That often equates to outspending the other schools down the road, an arms-race fact of collegiate athletics life that James doesn’t necessarily buy into.  

“There are a lot of schools spending a lot of money that aren’t winning.”

As conversation wound back to Mankato and MSU, James spoke of the Grove Street house he lived in and, before that, his on-campus room in Gage dormitory.

Then the career fast-tracker repeated something he said at the start of our chat.

“My time in Mankato was 41/2 of the best years of my life.”


Brian Ojanpa is a Free Press staff writer. Call him at 344-6316 or email

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