UPDATE: Tony Franklin has been hired as offensive coordinator and Rob Likens joins the staff as assistant head coach/wide receivers coach. Both following Sonny Dykes from La Tech. Will have more later.
CORRECTION: New Cal football coach Sonny Dykes will retain Jim Michalczik as offensive line coach, but has fired the other four holdover assistant coaches.
Wide receivers coach Wes Chandler told me earlier today that all five assistants were gone. A Cal spokesperson said that is not correct.
“We’re out,” Chandler told me in a phone interview Tuesday morning.
Chandler said he met with Dykes on Monday, but got no answer about his future. Later in the day, he said Solly Fulp, chief operating officer for Cal athletics, called to say he would not be back.
Cal kept five assistants on the payroll after head coach Jeff Tedford was fired Nov. 20.
In addition to Chandler, 16-year veteran running backs coach Ron Gould, defensive backs coach Ashley Ambrose and passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo were retained for the transition period.
A Cal spokesman indicated a couple of new assistant coaches could be announced on Tuesday.
“I understand it. He wants to have his own guys,” said Chandler, who said he was only unhappy that he didn’t get a direct answer from Dykes. “He could have said, `Hey, I don’t have a place for you.’ “