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TCU offensive analyst Sonny Dykes hired as SMU’s head coach

Dykes was previously head coach at Cal.

NCAA Football: California at Arizona State Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Rumors started slowly popping up four days ago that Sonny Dykes was a candidate to replace Chad Morris as head coach at SMU. On Monday, those rumors proved true, as the Mustangs hired Dykes to be the head honcho for one of TCU’s oldest rivals.

Dykes is a brilliant offensive mind, and fits the profile of what SMU was looking for - an offensive-minded coach with good ties to Texas. TCU isn’t Dykes’ only Texas connection. Dykes spent seven years on the coaching staff at Texas Tech as their wide receivers coach and, for a few years, their co-offensive coordinator.

Of course, Dykes has been a head coach previously in his career, most recently with Cal, for four seasons, and before that with Louisiana Tech for three seasons.

This is a pretty solid hire for SMU, and it is yet to be seen if Dykes will take any other TCU coaches with him as he transitions to the other side of the metroplex. Of course, if you ask some SMU fans, they aren’t exactly thrilled with Dykes being the choice over guys like Jeff Traylor, but realistically Dykes is a great fit.