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Heart of Dallas Bowl: Purdue coach Patrick Higgins enjoying the interim ride while it lasts

Future employment is uncertain. Higgins just concentrating getting Boilermakers ready to play Oklahoma State on Tuesday.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 30, 2012
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/articleid/3741851/1/pictures/1918400">Photo - Patrick Higgins answers questions from members of the media after he was announced as interim head football coach during a news conference, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Mackey Arena on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Higgins replaces Danny Hope, who was fired earlier Sunday after coaching the Boilermakers for the past four years. (AP Photo/Journal & Courier, John Terhune) NO SALES. MANDATORY CREDIT.  ORG XMIT: INLAF102
Patrick Higgins answers questions from members of the media after he was announced as interim head football coach during a news conference, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Mackey Arena on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Higgins replaces Danny Hope, who was fired earlier Sunday after coaching the Boilermakers for the past four years. (AP Photo/Journal & Courier, John Terhune) NO SALES. MANDATORY CREDIT. ORG XMIT: INLAF102

Higgins, 49, goes back a long way with Nord. Higgins coached at Texas-El Paso 1998-99, then spent four years as Nord's offensive coordinator at UTEP.

Higgins attended William Penn University and became its head coach at age 28. Higgins eventually coached at Columbia and Shepherd College before UTEP, then Louisiana Tech and Brigham Young after UTEP.

“As a coach, you know what this business is about, so you kind of learn how to segment,” Higgins said. “‘This is a time of the day that I'm very focused on the kids, getting the game plan ready, cultivating an attitude of that one-game season.'

“And then you take a little bit of time for yourself. ‘OK, let's go figure out what you're gonna do. It's just all part of the job.

“I know tomorrow, I'm gonna get up, work out, have a great day, come here and coach again. I'm a 24-hour guy right now. So it's awesome.”

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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