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Spags in ‘rush' to Upgrade Giants D

Barely 27, with just three years of coaching experience at Lafayette, Steve Spagnuolo walked into Tom Jackson's office before the 1987 season hoping the University of Connecticut coach, a former Penn State assistant for Joe Paterno, would help him jumpstart his career.

Sitting in the room with Jackson was UConn defensive coordinator Brian Usher, who was looking for a secondary coach. Spagnuolo had coached the defensive line and special teams at Lafayette but Usher immediately sensed something dynamic about him. "Even at a young age he demonstrated all the attributes a successful coach must have," Usher said. "He was a tireless worker, extremely organized, an...

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