Sonny Dykes contract extension: TCU coach earns new deal after leading CFP run in first season, per reports


According to multiple reports, TCU coach Sonny Dykes is receiving a contract extension and a pay raise through 2028 after leading the Horned Frogs to the college football playoffs in his first season on the job. Dykes, 53, took over a program that ended 5-7 (3-6 Big 12) last season and led him to an undefeated regular season before the Horned Frogs lost a heartbreaking overtime to Kansas State in the Big 12 championship game.

Despite losing the conference title, the Horned Frogs finished 3rd in the final CFP rankings and will face No. 2 Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31, which is one of this season’s playoff semi-finals. Dykes was not among the most celebrated newcomers on last year’s carousel, but he was the most successful. He was unanimously selected for the Big 12 Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award at the national level.

While eye-popping mercenaries like USC coach Lincoln Riley and LSU coach Brian Kelly have led their teams to league title appearances, none of them have broken through to the scale that Dykes has done this season. The Horned Frogs finished seventh in the Big 12 preseason media poll and were forced to switch quarterbacks early in the season when starter Chandler Morris suffered a sprained knee in the season opener.

Eventually, veteran quarterback Max Duggan stepped in and honed Dykes’ offensive system to near perfection as TCU skimmed through a particularly impressive October roster to take a seat in the CFP conversation. Within a month, the Horned Frogs were leading 5-0, with four straight wins against rivals who were in the top 20 of the AP Top 25 at the time.

Dykes Ability Test

Dykes replaced legend Gary Patterson, who ran the program for 21 seasons. But TCU was just 23-24 compared to Patterson’s last four seasons and seemed to have lost ground from when he had three seasons of 11 or more wins in a four-year span between 2014-17. That Dykes was able to restore the program so quickly is a testament to his ability, not something that his record lists as particularly likely. In his previous three FBS head coach stoppages, Dykes never had a win in his first season.

While he eventually found success at Louisiana Tech, California, and SMU, the 2022 season confirms Dykes’ position in the profession. Dykes was ranked No. 35 by CBS Sports. preseason ranking Power Five coaches as he prepares to make his TCU debut after five seasons at SMU. It goes without saying that next year he will be among the leaders of the ranking.

TCU prepares to rise to prominence

With Dykes named as coach and Oklahoma and Texas heading to the SEC in the 2024 season, TCU is poised to take a prominent place in the revamped Big 12. While two past league champions Baylor and Kansas State will be left behind along with the state’s well-established program Oklahoma and a few others, TCU will be at or near the top of the new league hierarchy. BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF will join the league next season but may face an adjustment period, as the Horned Frogs did in 2012 and 2013 after they left Mountain West to join the Big 12.

TCU Stadium still gleams after a $118 million 2019 renovation, with the Dykes on the sidelines and the future in Fort Worth, Texas is bright. Although Dykes could be found by other programs, ESPN reported that his promotion would put him in the company of the highest paid Big 12 coaches.