Football: Dykes to make practice open to public

New Cal football coach Sonny Dykes’ holiday gift to the Golden Bears’ fan base: Open practices.

“Open the gate. Come on in,” Dykes said, when asked about his policy on opening practice to the public. “We don’t have any secrets.”

With rare exception, practices in recent years under former coach Jeff Tedford have been closed to media and fans. Dykes said it won’t be that way going forward.

“I don’t know why you wouldn’t want (fans) there,” he said. “This is not my program. This is Cal’s program. They should be engaged and they should be able to check it out.

“It’s their program.”

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Jeff Faraudo