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Could Sonny Dykes ditch TCU for Oklahoma?

Sonny Dykes during pregame

Oklahoma is scrambling for a head coach after losing Lincoln Riley to USC. Numerous names have been mentioned as potential candidates for the Sooners job, including Mark Stoops and Josh Heupel. But one reporter added another name to the mix: Sonny Dykes.

Dykes just completed his fifth season at SMU and went 8-4 (he’s 30-18 overall at SMU). He was an extremely hot candidate following a 7-0 start to the season, which led Texas Tech and TCU to compete for him. TCU won out, and Dykes is set to be introduced as the Horned Frogs’ head coach on Tuesday.

But the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Mac Engel says there is mutual interest between Dykes and Oklahoma. Engel says that is a situation to watch out for.

It would be hard to imagine Dykes screwing over both SMU and TCU in the same month, but Engel says that’s a possibility.

I doubt it.

It would be incredibly poor form for Dykes to ditch TCU. He also should know better than to go to a school that’s headed to the SEC. Dykes’ tenure in the Pac-12 at Cal went poorly (19-30 over four seasons). It would be much worse for him in the SEC, and at Oklahoma, where expectations to win are much higher.

Stay at TCU, Sonny.

Photo: Dec 20, 2017; Frisco, TX, United States; Southern Methodist Mustangs head coach Sonny Dykes on the field before the game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the 2017 Frisco Bowl at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

TCU to hire Sonny Dykes; SMU to hire Rhett Lashlee

Sonny Dykes during pregame

TCU is stealing away SMU’s head coach, and the Mustangs have a replacement.

TCU is set to hire Sonny Dykes as their next head coach. Dykes is in his fourth season as SMU’s head coach and has the Mustangs 8-3 this season.

Since they are losing Dykes, SMU is set to hire Miami Hurricanes offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee as their new head coach. Lashlee was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at SMU in 2018 and 2019 under Dykes.

TCU’s interest in Dykes seemed evident from the moment they fired Gary Patterson. TCU parted ways with their longtime successful head coach because they believed Texas Tech wanted to hire Dykes. TCU also wanted Dykes, so they got rid of Patterson in order to compete with the Red Raiders for the coach’s services. We suspected that TCU had won the Dykes sweepstakes when Texas Tech hired somebody else.

Dykes picked a good time to leave as his stock was high following a 7-0 start. His Mustangs have lost 3 of 4 since then. They face Tulsa next.

This will be Dykes’ fourth head coaching stint. He began at Louisiana Tech, then coached Cal unsuccessfully, and he rebuilt his stock with a successful run at SMU. Now he’s off to TCU and the Big 12.

Photo: Dec 20, 2017; Frisco, TX, United States; Southern Methodist Mustangs head coach Sonny Dykes on the field before the game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the 2017 Frisco Bowl at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

TCU reportedly closing in on new head coach

Sonny Dykes during pregame

The TCU Horned Frogs appear to have made a decision on whom they want to replace Gary Patterson as head coach.

SMU coach Sonny Dykes is the frontrunner to take over the TCU job, according to Blake Brockermeyer, Jeremy Clark, Billy Embody, and Chris Hummer of 247 Sports. Dykes has an offer on the table from TCU for over $4 million per year, while SMU has put forward a similar offer to try to keep him.

The 52-year-old Dykes has a TCU tie, as he spent the 2017 season as an offensive analyst on Patterson’s staff. He moved on to SMU after that, where he has posted a 30-17 record.

Despite rumors linking one high-profile coach to the job, Dykes looks to have been the clear frontrunner at TCU all along. In fact, the Horned Frogs tipped their hand when they moved on from Patterson when they did, as they did not want Dykes going to another school before they had a crack at hiring him. When Texas Tech went in another direction with its hire, it was a pretty solid indicator that TCU has won the race for Dykes.

Photo: Dec 20, 2017; Frisco, TX, United States; Southern Methodist Mustangs head coach Sonny Dykes on the field before the game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the 2017 Frisco Bowl at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Deion Sanders addresses rumor about TCU job

Deion Sanders at a press conference

Deion Sanders on Monday addressed the rumor that he is a candidate for the TCU head coaching job.

A report last week said that Sanders interviewed for the TCU job and impressed officials to the point that he might make the second round of interviews. However, when talking with the media on Monday, Sanders was less convincing about his interest in the job.

“Well, TCU is not the only one interested in my services,” Sanders said, via the Clarion-Ledger. “(Jackson State athletic director) Ashley Robinson is interested in my services and finishing out what I completed. Never believe rumors, especially when I’ve been in the hospital for darn near a month. So never just go out there and believe what you hear, my man.”

Sanders offered more comments for the Clarion-Ledger. He noted how he has been in a health struggle, which consumed more of his focus than the possibility of switching jobs.

Though Deion makes a good point, none of that explains why he would have interviewed with TCU. He may have been in the hospital, but if the original report is accurate, Sanders wasn’t too busy to interview.

The 52-year-old coach is recovering from setbacks from a foot surgery that left him in a concerning health condition.

Maybe Sanders, who is in his first full season on the job, recognizes that it wouldn’t reflect too well on him to leave Jackson State so quickly after they gave him an opportunity to coach. He might also recognize that it might not be the best time for him to take on a higher pressure job given his health. Additionally, Sanders has two sons on the team at Jackson State. If he leaves, would his sons transfer to follow him?

Photo: Jackson State University head football coach Deion Sanders speaks to media during a press conference at JSU’s Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Eric Shelton/Clarion Ledger via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Deion Sanders gets head coaching endorsement from star player

Deion Sanders at a press conference

Deion Sanders was released from the hospital this week after battling some health complications, and it may not be long before he has to respond to a new round of coaching rumors.

Sanders is reportedly being considered as a candidate for the TCU head coaching job. While he may not be the school’s top choice, at least one Horned Frogs star wants Coach Prime to lead the program. Running back Zach Evans took to Twitter on Friday with a very clear message.

If you notice, Evans said “we.” That would seemingly indicate that he is not the only TCU player who wants Sanders to be the team’s next head coach.

The endorsement is noteworthy coming from Evans. The sophomore was a five-star recruit in 2020 and the highest-rated recruit TCU has ever landed. If hiring Sanders would help the Horned Frogs land more players like Evans, it is something they have to seriously consider.

Sanders is in his second season as the head coach at Jackson State. He missed the team’s last three games while in the hospital. The 54-year-old was released on Wednesday and shared some info about the health issues.

Sonny Dykes, who has led SMU to a 7-2 record this season, is reportedly the top target for TCU. He was also said to be the top choice for Texas Tech after they fired their head coach. Texas Tech then hired a different head coach this week. That may signal that Dykes is planning to take the TCU job. Either way, Sanders is someone to watch.

Photo: Jackson State University head football coach Deion Sanders speaks to media during a press conference at JSU’s Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Eric Shelton/Clarion Ledger via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Deion Sanders reportedly ‘squarely in the mix’ for TCU job

Deion Sanders in a suit

Deion Sanders is in just his second season as the head coach at Jackson State, but the Hall of Famer is reportedly drawing interest from a much bigger program.

Sanders is considered a candidate for the TCU head coaching job, according to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. One source told Davison that Sanders may not be the leading candidate but that he is “squarely in the mix.”

TCU surprisingly parted ways with longtime head coach Gary Patterson a little over a week ago. There have been signs that they already have a top candidate in mind, and it’s not Sanders.

Sonny Dykes, who has led SMU to a 7-2 record this season, is reportedly the top target for TCU. He was also said to be the top choice for Texas Tech after they fired their head coach. Texas Tech then hired Baylor assistant Joey McGuire as its head coach this week. That may signal that Dykes is planning to take the TCU job.

Sanders was linked to at least one high-profile job before he was hired at Jackson State. He is 9-4 overall with the Tigers, and it’s safe to assume he would welcome the opportunity to move to a more prominent school.

Of course, Sanders is focused on his health at the moment. He has missed Jackson State’s last two games due to an undisclosed medical issue.

Video: TCU players whiff on Gatorade bath for coach Jerry Kill

Jerry Kill avoids the Gatorade bath

TCU’s players had a swing and a miss on their attempt to give interim coach Jerry Kill a Gatorade bath on Saturday.

Kill was coaching in his first game since TCU parted ways with Gary Patterson. He led TCU to a 30-28 upset win at home over Baylor.

After the win, a few Horned Frogs players tried to celebrate by dumping the contents of their cooler on Kill. Kill put the moves on his players and avoided the bath.

Those were some slick moves by Kill.

Quarterback Chandler Morris had a great game for TCU. He went 29/41 for 461 yards and two touchdown passes. He also rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown.

This marked TCU’s best win of the season. Their fans are hoping they can continue the success over the final three regular season games. And maybe next time they’ll actually douse Kill.

Reason TCU fired Gary Patterson revealed?

Gary Patterson at a press conference

TCU on Sunday surprisingly parted ways with Gary Patterson as head coach even though he had been extremely successful at the school. Though the Horned Frogs were 3-5 this season, Patterson’s firing was surprising; few saw it coming.

Maybe TCU was concerned with the trajectory of the football program the last four seasons. Since going 11-3 in 2017, the team has gone: 7-6, 5-7, 6-5 and now 3-5. Perhaps TCU had its eyes on a replacement and their need to pursue him triggered the midseason move. At least that’s what we think.

See, another Texas school recently fired their head coach: Texas Tech. The Red Raiders fired Matt Wells a week ago and are looking for a new coach.

Sonny Dykes, who has SMU 7-1 this season, was believed to be a top target for Texas Tech. But guess what? TCU reportedly has Dykes as their No. 1 target.

Our guess is that TCU pushed aside Patterson so they could slip in and hire Dykes before Texas Tech got him. Others feel the same.

In the past, Dykes raved about the TCU job, indicating that might be something he wants.

The Star-Telegram reported last week that SMU officials expected Dykes to leave for another job after the season. With the way things are going, Dykes may have another job within weeks. And Texas Tech might have to consider alternatives.

Photo: Bobak Ha’Eri/Wikimedia via CC-By-SA-3.0

Gary Patterson steps down as TCU head coach

Gary Patterson, one of the longest-tenured coaches in college football, is stepping aside at TCU.

Patterson and TCU have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately. Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported that TCU had wanted Patterson to stay on for the rest of the season, but he refused. TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati confirmed this in a statement, adding that Patterson would assist the team as they transition under interim coach Jerry Kill.

Patterson has been a mainstay at TCU. The Horned Frogs were just entering Conference USA when he became head coach in 2000, and it’s safe to say they would not have risen to the Big 12 without his guidance. He departs with a 181-79 record as TCU coach, including a 13-0 season in 2010 that ended with a Rose Bowl victory. TCU’s fortunes had declined in recent seasons, and the team is just 3-5 so far in 2021.

The 61-year-old has been the subject of retirement rumors for some time, though he’s had a great way of refuting them in years past. This time, it sounds like Patterson is ready to step aside, though it remains to be seen if this is a break or a permanent retirement.

Photo: Bobak Ha’Eri/Wikimedia via CC-By-SA-3.0

Video: SMU, TCU have postgame confrontation over flag plant

SMU logo

Things got a bit heated between in-state rivals SMU and TCU on Saturday after SMU tried to plant its flag at midfield.

SMU improved to 4-0 with a 42-34 road win over TCU. To celebrate, the Mustangs tried to plant an SMU flag at midfield of Amon Carter Stadium. That did not go over well with the TCU players, and a scuffle ensued.

Undeterred, SMU tried to plant the flag again, only to be denied again. This time, the flag was ripped off its pole, essentially ending any effort to leave it at midfield.

It’s worth noting that during the leadup to the game, Rashee Rice, who originally brought out the flag, accused TCU of being “scared to play us.”

It’s worth noting that SMU coach Sonny Dykes said he was unhappy with what happened and said he would speak to his team about it.

It has to be said that SMU shouldn’t have expected any less. Planting the flag at the opponent’s midfield is disrespectful, and trying to do it while the opponent is still on the field is just asking for a confrontation. Even this much smaller school knew better than to make that mistake.