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Decades later, Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins heeds father's advice on avoiding distraction

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014 file photo, Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins argues a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Southern California, in Stanford, Calif. Dawkins is back on college basketball's big stage _ for the first time as a head coach after some special runs as a player.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014 file photo, Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins argues a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Southern California, in Stanford, Calif. Dawkins is back on college basketball's big stage _ for the first time as a head coach after some special runs as a player. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)  (The Associated Press)

Johnny Dawkins' father caught his son reading positive press clippings during the teen's junior year of high school and quickly put an end to that, with the reminder that the words wouldn't always be so kind.

Dawkins learned a valuable lesson from his dad that day that he still abides by all these years later while coaching the NCAA tournament-bound Stanford men's basketball team. As a college student, Dawkins had one slip up during a rough sophomore season at Duke but insists he hasn't read a word about himself since.

Even through the praise from Duke coaching mentor Mike Krzyzewski, or the constant chatter over the past year about his future if the Cardinal failed to reach the tournament.

They're back in the NCAAs for the first time since 2008.