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Football: Louisiana Tech AD says he won’t engage in bidding war with Cal for Sonny Dykes

Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde said he won’t get in a bidding war with Cal for coach Sonny Dykes, suggesting, “I’m sure if he gets an offer, he’ll consider it strongly.”

Cal’s search for a new coach enters its third week after the Nov. 20 firing of Jeff Tedford, but an athletic department spokesman said there will be no comment, including a timetable, until a new coach is hired.

Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour, who has kept a low profile throughout the process, declined a request for an interview.

Dykes, whose Bulldogs lead the nation in scoring, interviewed with Cal over the weekend and is perhaps the front-runner.

Van De Velde told this newspaper Monday that he expects a decision by Dykes “within the next day or so, I would hope.”

Asking about Cal’s field of candidates, Van De Velde also wondered, “Why haven’t they talked to Mike MacIntyre? He’s a hell of a coach.”

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Jeff Faraudo