SMU hires ex-Cal, Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes to replace Chad Morris

SMU has hired former Louisiana Tech and California coach Sonny Dykes, the school announced Monday. 

Dykes replaces Chad Morris, who left SMU to take the job at Arkansas last week. Dykes spent last season as serving as an offensive analyst on the TCU staff after being fired by Cal following the 2016 season.

"I can't tell you how excited I am to be introduced as the Head Coach at SMU," he said in a statement. "This is home and this is a program I grew up watching. I watched Mustang legends compete and I could always see myself putting on that iconic pony. Today, I'm proud to do just that. Coach Morris did great things here and I am fortunate that I have been selected to take the foundation Chad and his staff put in place and take it to a new level. And, make no mistake, that is what we plan to do.

He went 19-30 in four seasons at Cal with a 10-26 record in the Pac-12. During his three seasons at Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs went 22-15 and won the WAC in 2011.

"Coach Dykes is enthusiastic about joining the Mustang family," said athletic director Rick Hart. "He has a plan to assemble a talented staff, dedicated to shaping champions and pursuing championships with integrity. Coach Dykes shares our commitment to establishing SMU as the best overall program in the American Athletic Conference. We welcome Sonny, Kate, Ally, Charlie and Daniel to the Hilltop."

Dykes, the son of Texas Tech's all-time winningest coach Spike Dykes, is a Texas Tech alumnus himself -- he actually played baseball at the school -- and was an assistant at Texas Tech himself from 2000-06. So he's familiar with the state and local high schools, which was no doubt appealing to SMU as it was reportedly looking for an offensive-minded coach that will be able to recruit the area.

SMU will take on Louisiana Tech in the DXL Frisco Bowl on Dec. 20 in Frisco, Texas.

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