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Patterson under contract through 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU coach Gary Patterson on Wednesday
got a one-year contract extension through 2008.

When Patterson replaced Dennis Franchione as Horned Frogs coach
after the 2000 season, he got a five-year contract. This is the
second straight year Patterson has gotten a one-year extension.

The Horned Frogs were 11-2 last season. They won their first 10
games and were No. 6 in the BCS, the highest ranking ever for a
team from a non-BCS conference. The chance for an undefeated season
ended with a loss at Southern Mississippi, then the Frogs played in
the Fort Worth Bowl on their campus.

"For us, I want the kids in the state of Texas and other places
to understand this is a place I'm going to be a while," Patterson
said. "A lot of people say I'm a young head coach and am not going
to be here long. This is not a stepping stone place anymore."

Patterson is 27-11 and has coached two of the Frogs' 10-win
teams. He was promoted from defensive coordinator when Franchione,
now at Texas A&M, was hired by Alabama. Patterson has coached four
bowl games, including the 2000 galleryfurniture.com Bowl for his
first game.

The Frogs open Sept. 2 against Northwestern, then play SMU and
Texas Tech.