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When talking about getting his team ready to play, TCU head coach Gary Patterson has said "we have to find a way to hate somebody for three hours."
He should have no problem doing that with BYU on the schedule this Saturday; we already know about the BYU helmet and jersey on the tackling dummy in the TCU weight room.
And now we know Patterson reads the papers in an attempt to motivate his players.
From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
"Gary Patterson said he has kept up with the news coming out of BYU since spring. So a comment at the end of a Sunday column by Jason Franchuk in the Provo Daily Herald drew Patterson's attention.
"I just read something in their paper today," Patterson said, as he recited the last few lines of Franchuk's column, which concludes with "TCU isn't that tough."
"This is a big ballgame. I don't have to [tell my team]. I just have to put that [clipping] downstairs," Patterson said. "That's why Gary Patterson doesn't ever say anything. We've understood how important this game is if you want to win a conference championship and that hasn't changed."
Patterson said he doesn't need to remind his players of what's on the line Saturday.
"They know what this game is about," he said. "Our job will be to keep them more grounded than it will be to get them fired up."
In the same article, Patterson also added:
"Last year before we played it was kind of a circus listening to BYU talk," Patterson said. "So we're not doing much talking. We're ready to go play."