Playoff-bound TCU agrees to new deal with Sonny Dykes, sources say

TCU has agreed to a new contract with coach Sonny Dykes, sources told ESPN, who rewarded him for the adrenaline rush he brought to the program, which culminated with the program’s first appearance in the college football playoffs.

Dykes’ contract has been extended by a year to 2028, according to sources, who said his salary will be raised to the top of the Big 12. For comparison, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy earned $7.5 million in 2022.

The Horned Frogs are 12-1 in Dykes’ first season and are reviving a program that ended 2021 5-7 and saw legendary coach Gary Patterson ousted mid-season.

Dykes’ team became known in college football for their dramatic results, which included a string of comeback wins, a last-second run-off field goal and an unbeaten run up to an overtime loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 title game stayed.

TCU was selected for seventh place in the Big 12, instead becoming just the second team in CFP history to start the season unranked and finish in the playoffs, where it faced Michigan in 2021.

TCU #3 meets #2 Michigan in the CFP semifinals at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31.

Dykes came to TCU after playing 30-18 at SMU for the past five years. He hired a strong staff when offensive coordinator Garrett Riley won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach and defensive coordinator Joe Gillespie’s group has given up 25 points per game, nearly 12 fewer than TCU in 2021.

TCU quarterback Max Duggan, who did not start the year as a starter, is a Heisman Trophy finalist after throwing for 3,321 yards and 30 touchdowns and scoring six points. Playoff-bound TCU agrees to new deal with Sonny Dykes, sources say

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