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“It’s very chilling,” Kelly said Tuesday, before Finnerty’s body was found. “He led me to a national championship as a true freshman. When I left, coach Martin took over and won two more national championships. My heart goes out to the family and to his beautiful wife.”

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AP reporter Tom Coyne in South Bend, Ind., contributed to this story.

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Mike Householder can be reached at mhouseholder(at)ap.org and http://twitter.com/mikehouseholder