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Sep 12, 2014 3:32 AM

Friends face off when Minnesota goes to TCU

The Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and TCU coach Gary Patterson are good friends who have never been on the same staff together.

They are now somewhat reluctantly playing each other when the Golden Gophers (2-0) visit TCU (1-0) on Saturday.

When Kill left Pittsburg State in Kansas after the 1987 season, it was Patterson who filled the vacancy on coach Dennis Franchione's staff.

Kill says he and Patterson shared ideas, and the fellow Kansas natives got to be friends. Kill was in Patterson's wedding a decade ago.

Patterson says it's tough playing against friends, but that both have jobs to do this week.

TCU plays at Minnesota for a season opener next year.


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