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Don Matthews has been variously known as bombastic, petulant, brash, charismatic and a staggeringly successful CFL coach. But the septuagenarian has morphed into something new – a mellow sentimentalist, who loves dogs and his young family.

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Don Matthews smiles at a news conference Monday in Toronto where he was named new coach for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts. Matthews is a former 1990 Argos coach and defending Grey Cup champion coach with the former Baltimore Stallions.

The Canadian Press

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Baltimore Stallions' coach Don Matthews (R) and Calgary Stampeders' coach Wally Buono pose with the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup following a news conference in Regina November 16.

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Baltimore Stallion's coach Don Matthews high fives a group of school kids as he arrives for the team's first practice at Taylor Field in Regina, November 15. Baltimore will meet the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League's 83rd Grey Cup November 19.

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Montreal Alouettes head coach Don Matthews and Anthony Calvillo during CFL football action Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006 in Montreal.

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Montreal Alouettes head coach Don Matthews (C) speaks to the team following practice on November 7, 2003. The Alouettes will face the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL Eastern Division finals on November 9.

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Toronto Argonauts new head coach Don Matthews watches the Argo's practice from a golf cart in Mississauga Tuesday afternoon. It will be Matthew's third stint as an Argo coach.

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Montreal Alouettes players dump Gatorade on head coach Don Matthews after their team's win over the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL Eastern Final at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, November 9, 2003. The Alouettes defeated the Argonauts, 30-26 and advance to the Grey Cup.

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Toronto Argonauts' head coach Don Matthews receives a shower of water from player Oscar Giles during the final seconds of the Eastern Final of the Canadina Football League, November 17 in Toronto. Toronto defeated Montreal 43-7 to advance to the Grey Cup.

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Montreal Alouettes coach Don Matthews playfully pulls the Grey Cup from Edmonton Eskimos coach Tom Higgins as they pose for a picture in Regina, Saskatchewan, November 12, 2003.

The Canadian Press

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BC Lions head coach Wally Buono (R) and Montreal Alouettes head coach Don Matthews chat with each other before their Canadian Football League match in Vancouver, British Columbia September 16, 2006.

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Don Matthews near his home in Beaverton, Oregon November 8, 2012. Matthews is one of the CFL's most successful head coaches and has cancer in his lymph nodes.

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Don Matthews with his wife Stephanie at their home in Beaverton, Oregon November 8, 2012. Matthews is one of the CFL's most successful head coaches and has cancer in his lymph nodes.

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Don Matthews near his home in Beaverton, Oregon November 8, 2012. Matthews is one of the CFL's most successful head coaches and has cancer in his lymph nodes.

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Don Matthews near his home in Beaverton, Oregon November 8, 2012. Matthews is one of the CFL's most successful head coaches and has cancer in his lymph nodes.

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Don Matthews near his home in Beaverton, Oregon November 8, 2012. Matthews is one of the CFL's most successful head coaches and has cancer in his lymph nodes.

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Don Matthews' memorabilia at his home in Beaverton, Oregon November 8, 2012. Matthews is one of the CFL's most successful head coaches and has cancer in his lymph nodes.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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Don Matthews with his wife Stephanie at their home in Beaverton, Oregon November 8, 2012. Matthews is one of the CFL's most successful head coaches and has cancer in his lymph nodes.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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