Dykes likely coached his final game before heading to TCU. Fans compared him to Judas. Players were hurt. Dykes, as he has done for the last month, failed to directly say he would be headed to TCU.
Dykes will become TCU’s next head coach, per multiple reports.
The 38-year-old has been widely reported to be the frontrunner to replace Sonny Dykes if, and when, he leaves.
Players said Dykes’ rumors had started to consume the locker room. Dykes addressed that on Sunday for the first time.
Dykes and Samples were some of the main influences why all five players committed to SMU. Sources say the exodus signals the potential, imminent departure of both coaches.
Dykes is reported to be leaving for TCU, potentially, by the end of the week.
SMU lost to Cincinnati 48-14 on the road. It was a defeat so thorough that any other context diminishes the loss.
The early-enrollee finally played the role he thought he could, even if it seemed unlikely three months ago.
Dykes seemed certain to leave SMU for Texas Tech or TCU in late October. Two losses and a fall from conference championship contention and the Associated Press rankings in the past three weeks have quieted the rumor mill.
Saturday did not erase the last two weeks, which saw SMU miss out on its goal of a conference championship. But, with a 55-28 win, SMU did enough to feel good for one day.