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.
Even as starting quarterback Tanner Mordecai is healthy and one touchdown away from breaking a school record, the true freshman looks like he will play.
Dykes was reported to be a front runner for the Texas Tech job after it let go of Matt Wells.
Sonny Dykes said he did not believe reports of his potential departure are affecting the team.
SMU fell to Memphis 28-25.