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Patterson praises Sonny Dykes’ ‘humility’ in year with TCU football

Sonny Dykes holds the championship trophy after his Cal team defeated Air Force 55-36 in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29, 2015, at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
Sonny Dykes holds the championship trophy after his Cal team defeated Air Force 55-36 in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29, 2015, at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Star-Telegram

TCU coach Gary Patterson credited Sonny Dykes for his selflessness in his year with the Horned Frogs as an offensive analyst, a non-coaching, non-recruiting position.

“You got a guy that’s been a head coach in college, did his own calls and did all of it,” Patterson said Friday after practice. “I think it shows a lot about his humility. He could have just sat out. He didn’t have to do anything. But he came over here, was part of our staff and did things. To me, that says a lot about the kind of guy that he is and the kind of coach that he is.”

SMU announced the hiring of Dykes as head coach on Dec. 11 to replace Chad Morris, who left to become the head coach at Arkansas.

Patterson said he does not know if he will hire another analyst for next season but said assistant David Gru is expected to join Dykes at SMU since Dykes brought him in from Cal.

Dykes spent four seasons as head coach at Cal and three as head coach at Louisiana Tech before coming to TCU.

Patterson said the Frogs should not be affected as it prepares for the Alamo Bowl without their offensive analyst.

“Obviously, he’s a great knowledge person to have in here,” Patterson said. “I’m real excited. I’m real happy for him and his wife, the opportunity to get back to being a head coach. He’s a good football coach. It’s good for them.”

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