Just hours ago, Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour told me, “We’re real close. Real close”
Barbour got her man Wednesday, with the news that Louisiana Tech’s Sonny Dykes will be hired as Cal’s new football coach.
A source very close to Dykes confirmed to me he is coming to Cal.
While Dykes operates a prolific offense that led the nation in scoring this season, a key for him will be assembling a strong defensive staff. La Tech was last in the nation in total defense this season.
There was no immediate player confirmation of the hire, and Cal officials were mum.
Cal defensive back Avery Sebastian tweeted, “Sonny dykes ok let’s ride.” But two other players said they hadn’t yet been told anything.
I talked with Cal associate head coach and running backs coach Ron Gould, who was in Los Angeles recruiting Wednesday, and he said he got the news from a couple coaches down there.
Gould had been told nothing officially about a new coach, but was instructed to cut his recruiting trip short and return to campus.