SMU recently lost head coach Chad Morris, when Morris signed a six year, $21 million dollar contract with the Arkansas Razorbacks. It’s a good move for Morris, up to the SEC ranks from the AAC, despite an overall losing record of 14-22 at the helm of the Mustangs.
Now, though, SMU must replace Morris, and it appears as if one TCU coach is on their list. Sonny Dykes’ name is starting to float around, among quite a few others, in connection with the vacant head coaching gig at SMU.
Sonny Dykes a name to watch at SMU, I'm told. Former Cal coach with deep Texas roots, spent this season as an analyst/consultant at TCU.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) December 7, 2017
Sonny Dykes, curently an offensive analyst/consultant on TCU staff, would also be a great head coach candidate for SMU.— Bill Jones (@CBS11BillJones) December 6, 2017
Hired by the Frogs in February of this year, Dykes has served this past season as an offensive analyst/consultant for TCU. Prior to coming to Fort Worth, Dykes was the head coach at Cal for four years, and before that, he spent three years as the head coach at Louisiana Tech.
Dykes is a brilliant offensive mind, and would certainly fit the profile of what SMU appears to be 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.
Personally, I think SMU goes after someone like interim coach Jeff Traylor, North Texas head coach Seth Littrell, or even possibly an out of state guy like Troy’s Neal Brown. Other names that have been floated are Texas’ defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, and Tulane head coach Willie Fritz.