New SMU coach Sonny Dykes raves about Gary Patterson, calls TCU top-15 job in country

After a year on the TCU football staff, new SMU coach Sonny Dykes can’t help but appreciate what Gary Patterson has built.

Dykes joined TCU as an offensive analyst after Cal fired him following the 2016 season. He left the Frogs to become the head coach at SMU in December, but he told 247Sports’ Chris Hummer that working at TCU renewed his enthusiasm after getting discouraged by the lack of support he got with the Golden Bears. Now he wants the Mustangs to invest in their program the same way TCU has.

“They’ve invested in facilities, they’ve invested in infrastructure,” Dykes said of TCU. “I think the university realizes how important the football program is to the university. … They have one of the top programs in the country now. That’s really because Gary was there and they were able to build his vision.”

Dykes also said TCU is a “top-15” job in college football today because of that investment from the administration.

The new Mustangs coach has made it clear that he wants to position SMU to be able to join the Big 12 during the next round of conference realignment. In order to do that, he’ll probably draw heavily on what he learned from Patterson and the TCU athletic department off the field.

On the field, TCU and SMU will meet in the Battle for the Iron Skillet on Friday, Sept. 7 in Dallas.

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