Former Cal head coach Sonny Dykes is expected to become SMU's next head coach, replacing Chad Morris, per reports Monday morning.
A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at SMU. He then spent three years running Arizona's offense under Mike Stoops before leaving to become the head coach at Louisiana Tech for the 2010 season. TCU began the season 7-0 with the nation's best third-down offense en route to a runner-up finish in the Big 12 and Alamo Bowl berth. In four years at Cal and three at Louisiana Tech, Dykes complied a 41-44 record. He is the son of former Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes (1986-99) and has had multiple coaching stops in the state. "The thing about recruiting, I'm not sure how this early signing period is going to go".
"We've always been able to score points and move the football", Dykes said.
"Gary [Paterson] has been a friend of mine through the years", Dykes said.
Sonny Dykes didn't even have to finish the story of his favorite SMU memory to stir some in the crowd who showed up to greet the Mustangs' new coach.
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"This is home and this is a program I grew up watching". "Coaching in the state of Texas and growing up in the state of Texas meant so much to him and the relationships that he had. We're excited for the opportunity for him to come in now and really build on something rather than have to start from nearly scratch".
The Bears went 8-5 in 2015 behind quarterback Jared Goff, but slipped to 5-7 after Goff skipped his senior season and became the No. 1 pick in the National Football League draft.
SMU is in the midst of preps for its first bowl game in half a decade.
Dykes will be coaching against the school that that gave him his first college head coaching job - Louisiana Tech. "Today, I'm proud to do just that", Dykes said in a statement. "I told Ben he may be the only player-coach in college football right now".