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Patterson: Intense, passionate, winner

Updated: November 13, 2009, 7:54 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- As Gary Patterson embarked on his first season as TCU's head coach in 2001, he tried to act like his predecessor and mentor, Dennis Franchione.

Coach Fran, as he was known, looked like a college professor. He was calculating and calm, showing little emotion. He was difficult to read, making him the type of guy you didn't want at your poker table.

"That just wasn't me," Patterson said. "I realized early that season that I had to do what worked for me. I couldn't ...

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