Dykes, 51, is 30-17 in four seasons at SMU, including 25-9 in the past three seasons. In 2019, Dykes led SMU to a 10-2 season, becoming the first Mustangs coach to win 10 games in a season since Bobby Collins in 1984, before the NCAA’s “death penalty” for the program. His 0.659 winning percentage is the second-best in school history behind Collins among coaches who have worked at SMU for more than two seasons.
Dykes replaces Gary Patterson, who was fired on Oct. 31 after 24 seasons at Fort Worth and 21 as a head coach. Dykes spent the 2017 season as an offensive analyst at the TCU under Patterson.
Sources told ESPN that Miami offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is the frontrunner to replace Dykes at SMU, and a deal could come in the coming days. Lashlee was SMU’s offensive coordinator in 2018-19 under Dykes.
Son of former Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes, Sonny Dykes has many connections in the state and has rebuilt SMU with a focus on Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex players, which could benefit him in his new work 40 miles away.
This decision will certainly add a new wrinkle to the Iron Skillet rivalry between the two teams, which has been played 100 times. Dykes and SMU have won the last two, including this season, when a scuffle ensued after the game when SMU player Rashee Rice attempted to plant the Mustangs flag on the Horned Frogs turf.
This will be Dykes’ fourth head coach position. He went 22-15 in three seasons at Louisiana Tech and was the 2011 WAC Coach of the Year. He went on to go 19-30 at Cal in four seasons, going from a win in 2013 to an 8-5. in 2015, but was laid off after being 5-7 in 2016.
The news was first reported by Ian Fitzsimmons of ESPN.