WOW! Sonny Dykes Leaves SMU to be Head Coach of TCU

Smu head coach Sonny Dykes greets offensive lineman Jaylon Thomas during the first half of an NCAA football game played at Ford Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Dallas.(Steve Nurenberg / Special Contributor)`

Update, 5:05 p.m., Sunday: Miami offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, the expected next head football coach at SMU, is already in Dallas, a source told The Dallas Morning News on Sunday.

ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS

UNIVERSITY PARK — Sonny Dykes walked before Saturday’s game, just like he always does. Past the Horned Frogs sign with a red circle through it that greeted him on The Boulevard. Past the two women wearing red-and-blue “TCU Sucks” shirts. Past the people who said he was making a mistake, and those who requested he put his purple on now, instead of later.

He walked past all of it, but when he got near the end of the road, he signaled to a few people and pointed left. Instead of finishing the walk, like he always does, he turned down a small path toward campus and out of sight.

Approximately six hours later, after a 34-31 loss to Tulsa on Senior Day, Dykes walked again. He entered his postgame news conference, sat down, and for more than two minutes talked about what SMU has meant to him. He thanked the administration for a great four years, thanked his players for their fight in Saturday’s loss, and even talked about how he didn’t want “it” to end this way.

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SOURCE; Dallas Morning News, Joseph Hoyt