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    Default McClellan's Instagram post

    After last night's Championship win.

    Thought to share…

    "2 1/2 years ago I lost everything. Basketball, my education, etc. I didn't know what my next move was. A lot of people shook on me. I sat down with my mother and had one of the deepest conversations I've ever had. She told me, "when you think things are happening to you, they're actually happening for you." I was a prisoner of my own thoughts for a long time but through all that sh*t, I kept myself sane. I promised myself that I would correct my wrongs.

    I lost it a little but through the mist, I found myself. God kept his wings on me and continued to guide me.
    I was able to find a home in Gonzaga and through everything, it's been the best place I've been in my life. I thank everyone associated with this university for giving me this opportunity to not all share my gifts and talents but to also, inspire, find ways to serve, and love for all the abundance I have around me.

    I took my wildest dreams and I mapped them out.
    My brothers & I made history tonight. BROTHERS.

    And as I share this story, I'm shedding tears because everything you put in your mind is real. It can & will happen. Just keep going! Please! This is for the crazy ones!

    This is for the marathon runners.

    This is for the one's with unwavering faith and extreme persistence!
    This is for all those who believed in me.
    This is for all the love.
    This is for you.
    #laps #thankful #WCCCHAMPS"

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    What a great story, for both EMac and the University.

    This story is what is so valuable about athletics, higher education in general, and Gonzaga in particular.

    This young man has righted his ship, thanks for sharing.

    Go ZAGS

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    This family of ZAGS brings the best out in everyone
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    This post should be pinned for the forseeable future. Its what makes Gonzaga a special place.

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    I have no affiliation with Gonzaga University, and that post just gave me goosebumps. Must be a great place.

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    I vote Eric McClellans post for HOF
    Qualified for 22 Straight Big Dances

    11 Straight Round of 32s

    10 Sweet Sixteens (5 Straight)

    4 Elite Eights

    2017 FINAL FOUR

    2 Winningest Players in college basketball history (Karnowski 137, Perkins 134)

    The Best Point Guard to ever play the game: John Stockton, most assists, most steals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstock12 View Post
    I have no affiliation with Gonzaga University, and that post just gave me goosebumps. Must be a great place.
    It's been a special place for me for nearly 44 years. The experiences, the education, the friends that have stuck with me over the years.

    When I'm out and about in North Texas, I'm often wearing a Zag shirt. When someone asks me about Gonzaga, I'll dust off a couple of quick anecdotes (even at my advanced age I can recall at least a dozen). Usually, I'm speaking with someone who went to a large state university, say UT, A&M, UNT, all with student bodies in excess of 30,000.

    A response I often hear is "damn, my college experience was nothing like that."

    I bumped into GoZags in Tulsa about ten years ago, when we played them in the Bracket Buster game. After our brief conversation, I was approached by several Zag fans from Missouri and Arkansas. They drove for hours to see a team they loved, without having any affiliation to the school. They had no idea where Spokane was, only that it was somewhere in Washington.

    My wife accompanied me to my 25th reunion 15 years ago, and it wasn't easy getting her to join me. I persisted, as she needed to know why GU is such a big part of me. After two days of seeing the campus, meeting friends, and hearing one of Fr. Bob Spitzer's speeches, she was sold. Unfortunately, my daughter had no desire to go to GU, because she had been told stories of the rigors of attending a Jesuit university. She had a partial scholarship offer from University of Dallas, which she also turned down. She matriculated at UNT in Denton, and graduated with a business degree.

    I'm now working on my 14 YO son, who loves football, and has his sights set on LSU (???). If that fails, then my next best shot is my 5 YO grandson, whose favorite player is Sabonis. Looks like I'm going to have to stay healthy to see that come to fruition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by former1dog View Post
    This post should be pinned for the forseeable future. Its what makes Gonzaga a special place.
    This is why all those mid-majors who say they want to be or plan to be "the next Gonzaga" never will be. You can't be "the next Gonzaga" without a bunch of Zags, and you can't be a Zag without Gonzaga..
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
    Mark Twain.

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    Very emotional reading that. Amazing story of redemption. Whatever the future holds, Eric you have succeeded.
    Don't call it a comeback....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goshzagit View Post
    After last night's Championship win.

    Thought to share…

    "2 1/2 years ago I lost everything. Basketball, my education, etc. I didn't know what my next move was. A lot of people shook on me. I sat down with my mother and had one of the deepest conversations I've ever had. She told me, "when you think things are happening to you, they're actually happening for you." I was a prisoner of my own thoughts for a long time but through all that sh*t, I kept myself sane. I promised myself that I would correct my wrongs.

    I lost it a little but through the mist, I found myself. God kept his wings on me and continued to guide me.
    I was able to find a home in Gonzaga and through everything, it's been the best place I've been in my life. I thank everyone associated with this university for giving me this opportunity to not all share my gifts and talents but to also, inspire, find ways to serve, and love for all the abundance I have around me.

    I took my wildest dreams and I mapped them out.
    My brothers & I made history tonight. BROTHERS.

    And as I share this story, I'm shedding tears because everything you put in your mind is real. It can & will happen. Just keep going! Please! This is for the crazy ones!

    This is for the marathon runners.

    This is for the one's with unwavering faith and extreme persistence!
    This is for all those who believed in me.
    This is for all the love.
    This is for you.
    #laps #thankful #WCCCHAMPS"
    Link here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BCuPXUdI6Q2/

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    I love eMac! He has heart and it shows in his play. We are so lucky to have had him for the time we have


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    So so proud of him!! What a fine person. Tells you a lot about Mark Few too. Its really an extended family that keeps growing. Says volumes about GU and its people.

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    Bump .... this did NOT deserve to drop off the first page. I'd like to see this epic 'Zag' post stay on the front page until it takes its rightful place of honor in the "Hall of Fame"'Board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoZags View Post
    Bump .... this did NOT deserve to drop off the first page. I'd like to see this epic 'Zag' post stay on the front page until it takes its rightful place of honor in the "Hall of Fame"'Board.
    Yea this HOF worthy.
    Love the zags for life

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoZags View Post
    Bump .... this did NOT deserve to drop off the first page. I'd like to see this epic 'Zag' post stay on the front page until it takes its rightful place of honor in the "Hall of Fame"'Board.
    I hope this ends up in the HOF. I absolutely love Eric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goshzagit View Post
    After last night's Championship win.

    Thought to share…

    "2 1/2 years ago I lost everything. Basketball, my education, etc. I didn't know what my next move was. A lot of people shook on me. I sat down with my mother and had one of the deepest conversations I've ever had. She told me, "when you think things are happening to you, they're actually happening for you." I was a prisoner of my own thoughts for a long time but through all that sh*t, I kept myself sane. I promised myself that I would correct my wrongs.

    I lost it a little but through the mist, I found myself. God kept his wings on me and continued to guide me.
    I was able to find a home in Gonzaga and through everything, it's been the best place I've been in my life. I thank everyone associated with this university for giving me this opportunity to not all share my gifts and talents but to also, inspire, find ways to serve, and love for all the abundance I have around me.

    I took my wildest dreams and I mapped them out.
    My brothers & I made history tonight. BROTHERS.

    And as I share this story, I'm shedding tears because everything you put in your mind is real. It can & will happen. Just keep going! Please! This is for the crazy ones!

    This is for the marathon runners.

    This is for the one's with unwavering faith and extreme persistence!
    This is for all those who believed in me.
    This is for all the love.
    This is for you.
    #laps #thankful #WCCCHAMPS"
    Yes Eric we believe. 6 more wins to go.
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    Why not try Love Poems. They work to prime the pump.

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    Just read it again....EMAC has won our hearts and like so many before him he is an example of how Gonzaga University helps grow young people into men and women....Love it...

    Go!! EMAC!!!! Go!! Zags!!!

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