Sonny Dykes was named the Head Football Coach at SMU on Dec. 11, 2017. Dykes arrives on the Hilltop after head coaching stints at Cal and Louisiana Tech.
Dykes spent four seasons at Cal (2013-16) and three seasons at Louisiana Tech (2010-12). He served as an offensive analyst at TCU in 2017.
At Cal, Dykes returned the school’s football program to national prominence and a post-season bowl game. Inheriting a team that went 3-9 in the season before his arrival, Dykes had the Bears at 8-5 just three seasons later, capping the 2015 season with a win over Air Force at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
In his final season at Cal in 2016, Dykes led several Bears to national honors. Wideout Demetris Robertson earned Freshman All-America honors, as he hauled in 50 catches for 767 yards to break DeSean Jackson’s freshman school records. Fellow wide receiver Chad Hansen was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, and at the end of the regular season, Hansen ranked second in the country in receiving yards per game (124.9) and third in receptions per game (9.2) as well as seventh nationally in receptions (92) and 11th in receiving yards (1,249) despite missing two contests due to injury. Quarterback Davis Webb was honored as Athlon Sports' Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year, was a Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award semifinalist, and made the cut to the final 15 for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Webb completed 382-of-620 passes (61.6%) for 4,295 yards with 37 passing touchdowns. He ranked among the nation's leaders in nearly every passing category and set Cal single-season records for passing attempts, completions and total plays, and equaled single-season school marks for most touchdowns responsible for and 300-yard passing games.
Cal’s eight wins in 2015 marked the school’s most victories since 2009. Cal began the 2015 season with five straight victories to mark the program’s best start since 2007 before dropping four of their next five games to teams that were all ranked in the top 10 at some point in 2015, including top-five foes Oregon and Utah, with four of those five contests on the road. Cal finished strong, though, with three wins in its final four contests. At one point, the Bears were ranked for four consecutive weeks, moving as high as No. 19 in the Coaches Poll and No. 20 in the AP Top 25 in Week 7. Cal’s national rankings were its first since 2010 (Coaches Poll) and 2009 (AP Top 25). Cal’s offense flourished in 2015, setting numerous records, including single-season school marks in passing yardage (4,892), passing yards per game (376.3 ypg), passing touchdowns (44), total offense (6,879), total yards per game (529.2 ypg), total touchdowns (63), first downs (341) and first downs passing (201), as well as a modern-era record for points (493), with all the marks previously set in 2013 or 2014 under Dykes. Cal ranked third nationally in passing offense, eighth in total offense and 17th in scoring offense, and became the first college football team in recorded history to have six players with 40 or more receptions and three 500-yard rushers in the same season. For his efforts, Dykes was named to the midseason watch list for the 2015 Dodd Trophy.