TCU football head coach Sonny Dykes thanks fans for support with free coffee

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TCU head coach Sonny Dykes signs autographs for fans enjoying free coffee at Union Grounds on Sept. 26, 2000. (Photo: Charles Baggarly)

By Charles Baggarly, Sports Editor

To thank TCU students for bringing the energy to Gerald J. Ford Stadium on Saturday, head coach Sonny Dykes paid for coffee at union grounds from 8-10 a.m. Monday morning.

TCU football defeated SMU 42-32 in Dallas, securing the Frogs’ third straight victory to start the 2022 season. It was an away game, but many TCU students and fans made the trip to support the team. 

Rachael Carlson, a senior biology major, said Dykes paying for students’ coffee is a sign that he cares about the fans.

“He’s not just over in the football facility,” said Carlson. “[Dykes] really cares about everyone. He realizes all the time the fans put in and how much we care about the team. He supports the fans and he appreciates all that we give to the team.”

TCU students wait in line to receive a free coffee on Sept. 26, 2000. (Photo: Charles Baggarly)

Kathryn Collins, a first-year neuroscience major, was thankful for the morning pick-me-up.

“He cares a lot about the student experience and the support and unity we have for the team,” said Collins. “He knows how much it means to the team that we showed up. Him doing this is an extra act of kindness that he didn’t have to do.”

Ashley Joyce, a first-year strategic communication major, said Dykes buying students coffee was “generous.”

“It shows how he supports all of TCU,” said Joyce. “He wants people to come out and foster a community for the football team and build school spirit.”

TCU students Ashley Joyce (left) and Kathryn Collins (right) enjoy free coffee on coach Dykes on Sept. 26, 2000. (Photo: Charles Baggarly)

The TCU Horned Frogs play the Oklahoma Sooners at 11 a.m. this Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium.