Football: A new candidate in Darrell Hazell, but Sonny Dykes may be at head of the class

Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde told The Associated Press on Sunday that he was waiting to hear if his football coach, Sonny Dykes, would be hired by Cal.

Cal was said to be interviewing Kent State coach Darrell Hazell, but Dykes is believed to be the leading candidate to replace Jeff Tedford, fired Nov. 20 after 11 seasons. Van De Velde told the AP that Dykes had interviewed for the Cal job.

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  • MoreNCsarecoming

    You UC East Bay posters should be delighted a search for a head football coach is underway.

    With no bowl game to talk about and a basketball team that just pummeled that leaves you with no NCAA sport to talk about.

    Of course, you can always begin with the rugby stuff but we all know that is a club sport. Hey why don’t you go over to the Delaware board. I understand their women have a good two people badmitton team.


  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Sonny Dykes is the Mike Leach Jr.

  • Eric

    U$C is playing 6-7 Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. The biggest rankings collapse of all time?

  • Yoda

    I am sure glad my life is not so pathetic that I live to troll sports blogs in order to tout a school I never attended and rip a school that rejected my application.

    And Amy, no NC. Not even close.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Dykes = Air Raid lite

    It would be just like UC East Bay to hire a guy who emulates a 10 year old offensive scheme. I guess your program still hasn’t recovered from the beatdown Leach and Texas Tech put on your team in the 2004 Holiday Bowl.

    If you can’t beat them then join them.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Please, no spread. I’d be forced to sign my daughter up for Saturday activities during game times so I would conveniently be unable to watch.

    I know, let’s also fire Monty and bring in a new basketball coach off the Paul Weasthead tree that plays the run and gun. That is how bad an idea hiring Dykes is.

    “All offense” is offensive. No on Dykes.

  • Will

    Hey, good for Georgia Tech. They now have a decent shot of breaking .500 this year! HAHHAA

  • I want dykes. Our current offense has been OFFENSIVE. This guy instantly ungraded arizona (had freaking willie tuitama playing QB!!!), he also developed nick foles. He went to L Tech and they now have one of the best offenses in the country. If we hire dykes we need to get a SOLID D-corridnator. Our defense has so much talent!!!!! But with guys like KLINE, treggs, harper, powe, lawler, bigelow, etc… Dykes would bring serious excitement. Wisdom Cow you will be watching.

  • rotfogel


    These are NOT the candidates that I wanted AT ALL!!! C’mon Sandy…this better be a FAT smokescreen!

  • rotfogel

    Jack Del Rio
    Mike Macintyre
    Greg Roman

    Get with the program Sandy, think big, not small.

  • covinared

    even though I prefer the old school, the spread is the new wave. its a quicker way to achieve sustained offensive success, than trying to rebuild with an under the center scheme. speed is the key.

  • Juancho

    Kline isnt a spread qb.

    Boehm is the best fit for the spread. Jared goff should go somewhere else if we run the spread. Somewhere that runs a pro style. Like stanford.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Calfaninaz, How often does a new HC come into a school under the condition of hiring a top DC? A new coach brings in his guys and implements his philosophies.

    One aspect of the spread rarely discussed is how often it IS linked to pourous defenses. Who do they practice against? What looks? What formations? Who plays TE and FB when they try to simulate their next opponents offense in practice?

    It just is not a very sophisticated offense. I get bored watching it. There is no chess match at all. It’s like a pick up game at the park, or a kid playing XBox that runs the same two plays over and over and over, each WR having 2 possible routs (or picks) and the occasional draw or pitch run.

    To compare it to baseball, it’s like loading up an offense with big slow HR hitters.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    What is all the talk about rebuilding?

    The team is loaded with talent. This is WSU where the recruiting has been crap for ages. SJSU was a rebuild. This Cal team has been losing, but it’s not a start from scratch situation AT ALL.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Have to add-

    Anyone else out there a little too excited about Led Zeppelin being on Letterman tonight? I’m hoping for No Quarter.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Hope is still alive.

    “I’m told LaTech’s Sonny Dykes is a finalist for the Cal job, but the Bears are still trying to entice Boise State’s Chris Petersen for job,” Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman tweeted.

  • jabes

    Kirk Bohls is the same guy who got tricked by a fake Boise State player Twitter account into thinking Petersen told the team he was leaving.

  • covinared

    Juacho: if Kline can’t do the spread, he can’t be all that good. Foles and Tuitama were almost polar opposites. they both did it.

  • Will

    Jauncho, my arch nemesis. Although I would personally prefer to remain with a pro style attack, I wouldn’t mind the spread. I think it’s a lot harder for a spread QB to adjust to the pro-style than for a pro-style QB to adapt to the spread.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Jabes, that would also apply to Dykes being a finalist, so hope remains.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    GT vs USC
    ASU vs Navy
    pucla vs Baylor
    Stanford vs Wisconsin
    Oregon vs KSU
    Arizona vs Nevada
    OSU vs Texas
    UW vs Boise

    UC East Bay vs study hall

    “Is Social Welfare even a major?”

  • The Wisdom Cow

    It says blocked, but my mind keeps registering each post as “It rubs the lotion on it’s skin or it gets the hose again.”

  • Wilmer on U$C pathetic bowl and epic failure of a season.

    *** Mon., Dec. 31 Hyundai Sun Bowl – El Paso, Texas (Sun Bowl)

    USC (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (6-7), 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, CBS

    Comment: From preseason No. 1 to facing a sub-.500 team on New Year’s Eve in El Paso: Worse than being ineligible.

    With Embree and Tedford out Kiffin is officially the worst coach in the pac-12. What a waste of talent. He even had to fire his own dad because they were so inept. Anyway AMY fun in el paso on new years eve lol.

  • Juancho

    I think someone can be a good quarterback without being ideal for the spread offense. It’s just a different position.

    In the spread b/c you often have no runner in the backfield you need a quarterback who is a dual threat and can run. Kline isn’t the fastest of the QBs. That’s Boehm.

    In the spread offense most of the passing is short to intermediate. Kline can do this. But it wastes the strength of his arm.

    For the spread we need an accurate Maynard. Who can effectively manage the dink and dunk.

    I hate to break it to everyone, but we ran the spread last year. So it’s not like this new thing we haven’t seen. Maybe Dykes can do it a lot better than Tedford b/c it will be less complicated.

    But it’s not like the spread will be this brand new thing we’ve never seen. That’s essentially what we ran under Maynard.

    If Dykes is hired, I’ll be behind him 100%. That’s the case for anyone we hire. They’ll get the benefit of the doubt.

    But I do prefer a pro-style system. I think it’s a false talking point that the spread is the new innovative wave. Stanford is kicking butt, they don’t use it.

    If anything going to the spread is what hurt Cal’s offense the past few years. When we were a traditional pro-style offense we were a lot better.

  • covinared

    your point was kline is not a spread qb. I assume he is just as fast as Foles who was a spread qb, or the Texas tech slug who lit us up in the holiday bowl. speed helps but certainly is not a requirement for a spread qb.

  • Juancho

    Maybe you’re right Covina. Who knows.

    If you’re right then Kline’s ceiling is Nick Foles, and some Texas Tech slug?


  • Juancho

    Wisdom I hope for Babe I’m Gonna Leave You.

  • Eric


    Is communications a major?

    I’m sure you saw that the BMOC column on espn.com labeled U$C the biggest choke of the season.

  • covinared

    never said that was his ceiling. I don’t know what it is. if its half as high as you suggest, he’ll be the best Cal qb ever. be aware, in my day Gale Gilbert was the annoited savior. He tore up his knee in the first quarter of the first game.

  • covinared

    Juancho: Good times Bad times?

  • rob bear

    To suggest that we hire a coach based on his offensive scheme is like questioning why you should hire a guy based on the car that he drives to work. Pick the right guy, give him 4 – 5 years to develop his own team and personnel and go from there. Too funny up top….

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Rob, I suggest the opposite. Do NOT hire a coach because he implements a fundamentally flawed offensive scheme. Give a Spread guy 4-5 years, if he fails, you have a program devoid of TEs and FBs, low on RBs, and overloaded with WRs on scholarship.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Of course, you could opt to cross Dykes off the list because of his defenses and teams with a propensity for penalties, if you prefer. The penalty thing is kinda huge for me, actually. It suggests a lack of discipline and focus throughout his programs, which may be a factor with the poor defenses.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    I mean, how many penalties should we expect from the Rigsbees with an even less disciplined coach than Tedford?

  • ScottyBear

    Yours truly was at Cal and saw first hand Ferragamo, Bartkowski, Besana, Rich Campbell and Gilbert. Bart and Ferragamo had talent plus the swagger that teammates rally around. Gilbert was good but I don’t remember him having the savior tag coming in. I loved Pawlawski’s attitude best and that is what has been missing the past 20 years other than Rodgers. Kline has this also. Bring it on!

  • Juancho

    Covina – arch nemesis or not, that is a good song. I will always hold a kind spot for Led Zeppelin in the space where my heart used to be. When I used to play guitar Stairway to Heaven was up there with Free Bird in terms of my favourite songs to listen to, especially when one was feeling the holy spirit and pretty buzzed.

    I know I harp on Kline quite a bit. Part of it is in jest. The past few years have been pretty crappy when it comes to being a fan of the football team. Especially this past year. There have been a lot more negatives than positives. So the Kline thing is sort of my way of coping with the quiet offseason now. It gives me something to hope for. I guess it is Typical Cal to annoint the next guy as the one who will FINALLY get us to a Rose Bowl. And maybe Kline doesn’t work out. But I don’t lose anything in hoping he is, and in having seen him play in High School, thinking he very well may be.

    As you all know I’m a recruiting nerd. I follow that stuff probably too much. And I get caught up in all the stars, this guy is a 2, a 3, a 5, etc. And since I’ve followed Cal, no QB has compared to Kline in terms of his pedigree coming in. Boller comes the closest.

    Scotty – great to hear that opinion.

    Rob Bear, I agree to a certain extent, with extreme prejudice, with your opinion.

    Just because a coach is an X or Y offensive guy isn’t enough to discount him. But what concerns me with Dykes, and like everyone else, I can learn to like Dykes (bazinga) – is that he may be a one trick pony that will force fit his system, regardless of whether we have the right players for it.

    Say what you will about Tedford and his decline over the past years, but he did change the offense to fit his players. Unfortunately he switched the pro style to fit Maynard’s needs. Which was ultimately doomed b/c he changed the system to suit an average to below-average player who wasn’t a leader.

    Add to that Louisiana Tech’s defense is ranked 120 out of 120, and I don’t think he’s the best choice in terms of who projects to do the best at Cal.

    If they sign him up, I’ll be on board. But up until they sign him up – there’s a pretty long list of guys I’d rather they get. Petersen, McIntyre, Hue Jackson, Greg Roman, other NFL coordinators, etc.

    Nice posts Wisdom.

  • ScottyBear

    Juancho: Always makes my day with you leading the way here. Go Bears!

  • Will

    Juancho, LA. Tech’s defense was actually pretty solid in 2011 though. But yes, this year was truly abysmal. I’m too lazy to look it up, but I’d be curious to see what might have accounted for that change.

  • Juancho

    Will. Ill research.

  • Will

    In other news, Heisman finalists were announced, and that Matt Barkley guy apparently isn’t going to New York. I vaguely remember there being some chatter about how he was a lock for the Heisman, as he was going to lead the #1 Trojans to a national championship. What ever happened with that?

  • Ray Finkle

    I think I will barf if Dykes is hired….

  • Juancho

    La techs d coordinator has been there for six years. And their starters are just about all upper classmen. So im not sure why they had such a big dropoff.

  • Will

    Did they lose a bunch of seniors following 2011?

    If so, maybe Dykes just didn’t recruit defensive players very well, so that when his own players were starting, the defense struggled. However, that theory doesn’t completely make sense since the D-Coord was still around and probably played a big role in recruiting defensive players.

    The 2012 defense obviously concerns me, but I think we need to take a look at the bigger picture and determine whether that year was the exception, or the rule.

  • ScottyBear

    If LA Tech wins all their games 52-49 then so what? They are tops in both scoring and points allowed. Worst case we can work with that. No taking a knee, no field goals from the 1 yard line, bring it on if Sonny is the man.

  • Juancho

    No they didnt.

    Also lead nation in penalties. In his three years there the penalties have been a consistent problem.

    This isnt my guy. I just get the sense this is a hire to try to out oregon, oregon. Which for me isnt right. Id rather we go back to the pro style and the running heavy team that opened up the play action. We should have never changed the rodgers years offense.

    We had enough of the dink dunk spread passing this year. Dykes does that silly thing where they go to the line of scrimmage then look at the sidline for a coachs call.

    After watching his highlights i had maynard / tdford flashbacks. Pretty much the same offensewe sawthis year.

  • Juancho

    Hes 9-3 in the wac. A weak league. And he lost to macintyre and gary anderson. Who run pro style offenses. And la tech is not going to a bowl. I just dont see the upside. Penalties. No california recruiting pipeline. But if thats who they hire ill be on board.

    I started you tubing the guy. Seems mellow. Not a rah rah guy.

  • Dan

    Don’t really want Dykes for reasons stated here. Also, no on Hue Jackson and Greg Roman. Jackson makes less than zero sense, I haven’t heard even one compelling reason he even deserve an interview. I’m also down on Roman, watching the Niners settle for field goals for over 1 1/2 seasons, heck they play for field goals- I’m over it. Roman and his play calling are very much reminding me of bad Tedford.

    My choices are-

    1). Chris Petersen
    2). Chris Petersen
    3). Chris Petersen

    4). Gary Anderson
    5). Mike McIntire
    6). Mark Helfrich or Derek Mason

    It’s Chris Peterson or bust for me. I’d be pleased with Andersen, OK with Mike Mc, kind of jazzed about Helfrich or Mason, even though Andersen or McIntyre would be the safer bet.