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espn.com - 11 days ago

T.J. Ford graduates from Texas 15 years after arriving, reunites with Rick Barnes

T.J. Ford is joined by his former college coach Rick Barnes after he graduates from the University of Texas 15 years after he arrived on campus.
(1:32) Fifteen years ago, T.J. Ford first stepped foot on the University of Texas campus to play college basketball. After moving on to the NBA, years passed without a degree from his alma mater. That all changed on Friday, when Ford put on the cap and gown and officially became a Texas graduate. In attendance was Ford's former Longhorns coach, Rick Barnes. The two formed a special bond while Ford played for Barnes, and their relationship has clearly stayed strong ever since. Barnes said Ford's graduation was something he "wouldn't miss for anything," offering an emotional moment for Ford and Barnes. Now 34 and married with three kids, Ford displayed an enthusiasm over what earning this degree means to him.
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