There will be some extra flavor to the iron pan in 2022.
After four years at SMU, head football coach Sonny Dykes will head west on I-30 to resume TCU’s football program, according to multiple reports. Additionally, reports have also indicated that former SMU offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, currently offensive coordinator in Miami (FL), will be SMU’s next head coach.
Several sources said The morning news from Dallas as players and coaches learned the latest news as they all boarded a bus to the team’s hotel for the night. Dykes spoke to the team on Sunday about the rumors – which had been going on for about a month now – but did not collectively brief his team or coaching staff on his plans for the postseason.
“He just told us his No.1 priority is to beat Tulsa,” senior offensive lineman Hayden Howerton – the school’s record holder for games played said Tuesday. “And as everything is happening, at the end of the year, we’ll all see what happens. He didn’t give in one way or the other, and I’m okay with that, because at least he was being honest with us and not lying.
“He has to look at his options. Be a fifth year [senior], I don’t blame him, anyway.
These coaching movements, although not formalized by any of the schools, have been expected for days.
Sources said The news that Lashlee, the undisputed leader of the post since the start of this week, has already had preliminary conversations with coaches from SMU and beyond to be part of his potential staff.
SMU’s Sonny Dykes is heading to TCU and Miami OC / former OC SMU Rhett Lashlee to replace Dykes at SMU, sources said @ActionNetworkHQ. 1st report of @Ianfitzespn. Dykes has been gathering his new TCU staff for more than a week, sources say @ActionNetworkHQ
– Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 26, 2021
Lashlee, 38, was SMU’s offensive coordinator for two seasons. That included 2019, when SMU won 10 games and averaged 41.8 points per game – the seventh most in the country that year. Lashlee and Miami face Duke on Saturday morning.
The final game of Dykes’ SMU tenure is set to be Saturday’s regular season finale against Tulsa.
As of Wednesday, amid rumors that Dykes and other assistants may be leaving, SMU has lost six engagements, including Garland’s star duo of wide receiver Jordan Hudson and safety Chace Biddle. SMU now has six engagements in the Class of 2022 with less than a month to go until the first day of signing.
Dykes’ record at SMU before Saturday’s game with Tulsa is 30-17. The Mustangs were bowl eligible in three of those seasons, including this year, but only played one bowl game under Dykes: a 52-28 loss to Florida Atlantic in the 2019 Boca Raton Bowl.
Dykes will replace a trainer who has a statue outside the TCU stadium. Gary Patterson coached 21 seasons at TCU and guided the program through to the Big 12 conference. Patterson and TCU agreed to go their separate ways after the Horned Frogs lost 31-12 to Kansas State, shattering the Horned Frogs’ record. at 3-5 this season.
A departure from Dykes, after three consecutive successful seasons at SMU, is not surprising. Power Five schools often poach Group of Five coaches. SMU, according to sources, even had a seven-year extension offer on the table for Dykes that would have made him the best-paid group-five coach in the country, if not close.
“We hired him because we thought he was one of the best coaches in the country,” SMU athletic director Rick Hart said. The news back on October 14.
“We want to have leaders that other people are interested in… you want to keep them, and we don’t take it for granted, but these are the people you want to hire. “
In the end, Dykes never signed it. A big reason, perhaps, is that SMU couldn’t offer something that Dykes wanted.
The realignment wheel has turned in a major way this college football season, starting with Texas and Oklahoma leaving the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference. This opened the door for SMU to eventually go to the Big 12, but the conference overtook the Mustangs, choosing to go with BYU, Cincinnati, UCF and Houston. People around SMU think the chance to join a Power Five might present itself the next time a realignment occurs, but that’s no guarantee.
At TCU, Dykes will have this Power Five ticket. He will also have the chance to build TCU like he built SMU. He can recruit locally for the Fort Worth team. He could even add billboards along the Dallas-Fort Worth freeways as part of a possible campaign born and raised at the TCU.
Speaking of billboards: SMU added one in Fort Worth following the 42-35 win over the Horned Frogs this season. “Pony up, Fort Worth,” he said, featuring Tarrant County native Alan Ali, Mike Williams and Rashee Rice who added trash talk to the rivalry game in the week that the preceded, then attempted to plant the SMU flag on the TCU logo. after that.
Dikes leaving SMU for Power Five pastures were always a possibility. Doing so at TCU – a school where he worked as an analyst in 2017 before joining SMU – will undoubtedly add a whole new story to the Iron Skillet rivalry between the two teams.
See you in the fall of 2022.
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