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Football: Sonny Dykes lands the job

UPDATED

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.

“I did talk to him and he did confirm to me he was going to take the job,” the source said in a phone interview. “The reports are correct.”
 
Asked about Dykes’ demeanor just before going into a meeting with his players, the source said, “He seemed a little conflicted, but I think he’s excited. This place will be dear to him because it was his first head coaching job. One of his children was born here. I think (Cal) is going to get a real good coach.”
 
Click here for this developing story.

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.

Jeff Faraudo

  • daredevilfan

    Atta boy Juancho, in Kline we trust and What Would Dykes do. Let’s just trade a few of our 104,592 backup Qbs for a few JC Olinemen and some Defensive depth and we are ready to rock. 2013 will see us back to about 4th or 5th in the Pac12, and then in 2014.well I already showed all of your our 2014 RoseBowl roster a few posts back…update TBD=Dykes. GOBEARS!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Try 4th or 5th in the Pac 12 North, Daredevilfan.

  • daredevilfan

    Our defense only underachieved because our offense couldn’t get first downs and stay on the field. the defense had swagger for a half and then it was like WTF why bother. Now with the O being inspiring, the D will be able to take a few chances here and there and blitz and get picks, etc. The past was skewed because of stale leadership. Innovatoin is the key!

  • daredevilfan

    You need to take a nap Wisdom. A few years back in teh NFL they said that running Qbs didn’t work and that freshmen QBs need to sit for a bunch of years. And that Shanahan was crazy. Now RG3 and Capernick walk on water. Things change, people need an open mind. Put on some big boy pants Wisdom!

  • Ray Finkle

    I will do my best to be positive, but this is a crappy hire. Whatever, who cares anyway. There are more important things in life than bitching about a coach. Go Bears,

  • Will

    All I ask is that you guys give the man a chance before crapping all over him.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Last post. I’ll just hope 12-21 makes this hire moot.

    That letter read like a Warrior press clipping boasting Monta’s offense and contributions to the community or landing Bogut “one of the best centers in the league.” Pure spin. I wonder if Sandy even knew about his Ds and the penalty problems.

    This is a total Cohan-esque attempt to sell tickets with offense and flare. I am beyond worried about the long term effect. Is it going to become “a great time out.” Come watch Cal score a lot of points and fall short in the end?

    I just don’t understand how to believe a coach that puts up with penalties (just like Erickson did) can be given the benefit of the doubt that it will change. I really wish I was happy about the hire. Believe me. I really wanted a little optimism.

    This did nothing for me.

  • Ray Finkle

    I agree Wisdom. Oh well…….

  • Eric

    @Wisdom

    Tedford coached great defenses? Really? Tedford coached poor offenses, which entirely wore out our defenses. 3 and outs every time destroy the best defenses.

    I realize you are unhappy with Dykes. Fair point. But your analyses having fallen far short of the mark thus far. And you were a very big Tedford supporter long after the ship had sailed. So how about you take a year off from rendering judgments. If we go worse than .500 next year, I’ll be the first in line to say you are right. If we get 8+ wins, even with a crappy defense and tons of penalties, I hope you’ll do the gracious thing.

  • Eric

    And let’s all save today’s columns – the first possible word on Dykes hiring – and in a year compare notes.

  • Larry

    Why all the blubering? We went out and got a guy much like Tedford was except he has some head coaching experience. Dykes was hired as the HEAD COACH and not the OC. Chill out for a minute. Things will be fine. Give Sonny 3 years, then come back and see how things are. Many of us bitched about Tedfords boring & predictable offense, well CAL did something about it.

    I’m on board! Welcome Sonny and family. I heard there is a house for sale in Blackhawk!

  • Juancho

    Larry you sure he’s not also oc ?

  • The Wisdom Cow

    HEY ERIC,

    “Tedford did coach some great defensive teams.”

    True or false?

    STFU!

  • calbearclaw

    True or False:

    Wisdom Cow knows more about football than Sonny Dykes and should have been appointed to lead the head football coach search committee.

    Answer:

    False

    True or False: MoreVds would get into Cal graduate school if it applied.

    Answer: The admissions office would gather around to laugh at the application. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

    Let’s Go Coach Dykes.

    Go Bears Goddamnit!

  • Eric

    @Wisdom

    So much for the request for graciousness.

    In 2012, Cal’s total defense ranked #92 in the country, at 441.25 yards per game. In my book, that does not equate to good defense.

    As you pointed out, La. Tech was last (#120), at 526.08 yards per game. That also does not equate to good defense.

    But as I pointed out, while a good offense can support a bad defense, a bad offense can make a good or ok defense look bad.

    La. Tech was second in the nation in total offense, at 577 yards. per game, a net positive of approximately 50 yards.

    Cal’s offense was #74 in the country, at 391.25 yards per game, a net loss of approximately 60 yards. That was notwithstanding a likely first round draft pick WR, a returning RB that gained 1,300 yards, and the alleged best TE in the country. When you have a very poor offense that gives up sacks and goes three and out a lot, your defense will suffer.

    Cal had an ok defense in the last 5 years. Its total defense was ranked #28 in 2011 (good, but not great, with Pac-12 POY); #20 in 2010 (very good to great); #71 in 2009 (not good); #24 in in 2008 (good to very good). Over the last 5 years, an average of #47, which is fair to middlin’

    It occasionally played great during the last 5 years, and occasionally (and more typically this year) it played terrible. It had some individual players who were super-stars – Kendricks, Alualu, Bishop, Follett, Syd. It had tremendous potential.

    But to say, as you have said, “Tedford did coach some great defensive teams,” is simply not supported by the statistics. Great defensive teams are top 10 defensive teams.

    As for penalties, La. Tech was tied for 115th in the country, with Oregon, this year. Guess who was 117th.

  • BlueNGold

    I am all for giving Coach Dykes a chance to show what he can do for the program. Things can’t get much more frustrating than what we suffered through this season. I am hoping for some major improvements.

  • Larry

    Juanacho,

    Franklin will be OC.