In 1999, a small school from Spokane, Washington went on a run during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Gonzaga University—a school that had only once before made the tournament field and never won a game—won two, making the “Sweet 16.” In the sports world, they call this a “Cinderella Run,” and Gonzaga was not unique. Plenty had done it before. What was unique about Gonzaga, though, is what happened after.

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