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    Chancellor Victor Boschini and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte announced Friday night that two years were added to TCU head football coach Gary Patterson’s original deal, extending his contract through 2018.

    As a private institution, TCU is not obligated to release salary figures.

    “Gary Patterson is simply the best football coach in America,” Del Conte said in a statement. “He has done a remarkable job in energizing a campus and community around his program and TCU as a whole.”

    Prior to Patterson’s arrival on campus as defensive coordinator in 1998, the Horned Frogs had four bowl wins in their history.

    No. 3 TCU defeated No. 5 Wisconsin 21-19 in the Rose Bowl Jan. 1 to cap off a 13-0 season.

    “To see a sea of purple in the stands at the Rose Bowl is a testament to what Gary and his staff have accomplished,” Del Conte said in the statement. “We couldn’t be more proud to have him as our coach and leader. He is a perfect fit for TCU.”

    The Horned Frogs have won six conference titles with Patterson on staff with 12 bowl appearances in 13 years. The Frogs are 8-4 in bowl games with Patterson at TCU.

    “Gary Patterson is an integral part of the TCU and Fort Worth communities,” Boschini said in a statement. “He has a great passion for the overall mission of our university and for providing our students with a positive experience academically, socially and athletically.”

    Patterson said in a statement, “I would like to thank Chancellor Boschini, our Board of Trustees and Chris Del Conte for the support they provide in allowing us to have a football program that makes TCU and Fort Worth proud. Our administration’s commitment to the goals we have in our program have enabled us to be successful and to keep pushing forward.”

    Two Frogs to play in Senior Bowl

    Senior quarterback Andy Dalton and senior wide receiver and return specialist Jeremy Kerley accepted invitations to play in the 2011 Senior Bowl.

    The 62nd Senior Bowl will be played at 3 p.m. Jan. 29 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. NFL Network will televise the game and all practices during the week.

    Dalton capped off his career as the nation’s active wins leader at quarterback with a 42-7 record. He was the Offensive MVP of TCU’s Rose Bowl win. It was Dalton’s third bowl game MVP award in his career.

    Kerley, the Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year in consecutive seasons, is one of two players in the nation to rank in the top 20 in punt return average (12.9 yards) and kickoff returns average (27.7 yards) this season. He also led TCU with 56 receptions and 10 touchdown catches.

    Dalton named Bobby Bowden Award finalist

    Awarded by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and named after former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, the award recognizes the Division I football player who epitomizes a student-athlete and conducts himself as a faith model in the community, classroom and field.

    Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder and Vanderbilt tight end John Stokes are the other finalists.

    Boyce named to Freshman All-America Team

    Freshman wide receiver Josh Boyce has been named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team.

    Boyce was also named a Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com and Rivals.com.

    Boyce set a TCU freshman record with his team-high 646 receiving yards. His 34 receptions were second on the team and the most by a TCU freshman since Cory Rodgers’ 37 receptions in 2003.