SMU football coach Sonny Dykes apologizes to TCU over postgame flag scuffle

FORT WORTH (Texas) -- SMU football coach Sonny Dykes reaffirmed his respect for TCU. He also apologized for any attempts by his players at midfield to place a flag after a brief brawl following the Mustangs' victory at home at the Horned Frogs.
Video shows Rashee Rice, a wide receiver for SMU, running to midfield in a flag bearing the Dallas school's logo. He was then ushered out of the TCU logo logo by the opposing players.

Shortly after, a Mustangs defensive back Brandon Crossley attempted unsuccessfully to plant and toss the flag. TCU players pulled the flag from the pole and one player angrily threw it at the ground.

After Saturday's victory by the Mustangs, Rashee Rice ran to SMU's midfield with their flag. AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth

Dykes stated that Dykes believed Dykes was wrong to suggest that Dykes' men tried to place the flag in the middle of the field. Dykes said, "If they did, they shouldn’t have. I will talk to them about this. Nobody has more respect than me for Gary Patterson and TCU. "I am sorry for this."

Rice claimed that TCU was afraid of playing SMU during the game's week-end. Due to COVID-19 problems with the Horned Frogs, Dallas-Fort Worth rivals couldn't play last season. The schools attempted unsuccessfully to reschedule the game.

The victory of SMU in the 100th meeting was the Mustangs' first consecutive win in the series since 1992 and 1993.