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Watch: Notre Dame coach stage dives, crowd surfs

Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey goes cord surfing at a pep rally.
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Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey goes cord surfing at a pep rally.
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As pro basketball fans watch the 2011 season slowly get wiped away, college hoops fans are primed for tip off.

And if Friday's pep rally at Notre Dame is any indication, it's not just the players and fans who are pumped up. After imploring students to attend a home basketball game the night before the Nov. 19 football game against Boston College, Irish coach Mike Brey hands off the mic, takes a deep breath and stage dives into a sea of co-eds in South Bend. (See video below).

As you can see, it's pretty impressive form for a 52-year-old. And he nails the landing.

Brey, who was named national coach of the year by CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish, is apparently making his case for NCAA (crowd) surfing coach of the year.

It's enough to make the most jaded basketball fan forget what a lockout is.

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com