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Sonny Dykes and Gary Patterson

Sonny Dykes and Louisiana Tech struggled early in the season, starting 1 - 4 before rattling off 7 straight take the WAC title and finishing 8 - 4. On Wednesday, Louisiana Tech will take on Gary Patterson and TCU in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

Dykes and Patterson have known each other for many years, dating back to when Dykes was the receivers coach at Texas Tech and Patterson was beginning to turn around the TCU program.

Last December Patterson invited Dykes to visit campus as the Horned Frogs were preparing for the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. Dykes took the opportunity to study how Patterson ran his program behind the scenes and use that to help them improve on their 5 - 7 record in his first season as the head coach at Tech.

"The thing I wanted to do was evaluate the way they practiced, watch the way other people practice, and the way the coaches interact with each other, and how the players interact with the coaches" Dykes said.

Louisiana Tech and TCU will kickoff Wednesday at 8 on ESPN.

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