A person with direct knowledge of the decision says SMU will hire former California and Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes as its new head coach.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because a deal was still being finalized. SMU announced a news conference for Tuesday with university President Gerald Turner and athletic director Rick Hart.
Dykes will replace Chad Morris, who left SMU last week to become Arkansas coach.
Dykes, a Texas native whose father Spike Dykes was a longtime coach at Texas Tech, went 22-15 in three seasons at Louisiana Tech from 2010-12. He spent 2013-16 at Cal, where he had just one winning season. He was fired after the 2016 season and spent last year working as an offensive analyst at TCU.