Sonny Dykes is getting started quickly in his new role as the head coach at SMU.
The former TCU analyst reached a deal to become the Mustangs’ new coach on Monday. According to the Dallas Morning News’ Adam Grosbard, he will coach SMU in the Frisco Bowl against one of his former teams, Louisiana Tech.
Former SMU interim head coach Jeff Traylor is leaving to take a job on Chad Morris’ staff at Arkansas after getting passed over for Dykes.
Source: New SMU head coach Sonny Dykes will coach the Frisco Bowl as associate head coach Jeff Traylor will be leaving to take a position under Chad Morris at Arkansas
— Adam Grosbard (@AdamGrosbard) December 12, 2017
Newly hired head coaches don’t usually coach their teams in bowl games, but it’s not unheard of. With Traylor leaving to join Morris in Fayetteville, it makes sense for the Mustangs to let Dykes begin his tenure in Dallas.
The move also means Dykes won’t be part of TCU’s staff as the Horned Frogs prepare for their bowl game against Stanford. Dykes spent the 2017 season as an offensive analyst and consultant for TCU after getting fired as the head coach at Cal in January.
Dykes had a 41 -45 overall record during his stints as head coach at Cal and Louisiana Tech.
The Mustangs play the Bulldogs in the Frisco Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 20. The Frogs play the Cardinal in the Alamo Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 28.