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Football: The history facing Sonny Dykes

Sonny Dykes is Cal’s 19th football coach in the past 100 years. His predecessors were 12-6 in their debut games since Cal permanently switched from rugby to football:

JEFF TEDFORD, 2002: d. Baylor 70-22
Bears started 3-0, with rout of No. 15 Michigan St., and beat Stanford to go 7-5

TOM HOLMOE, 1997: d. Houston 35-3
A 40-36 shocker over Oklahoma followed, but Bears finished with 3-8 season

STEVE MARIUCCI, 1996: d. San Jose State 45-25
Mooch started 5-0, including win at USC, lost 6 of 7, then took 49ers job

KEITH GILBERTSON, 1992: d. San Jose State 46-16
Bears staggered to 4-7 the year after posting 10-2 mark and No. 7 final AP ranking

BRUCE SNYDER, 1987: d. Pacific 42-0
Future was bright under Snyder, but 31-7 loss to Stanford signaled Big Game woes

JOE KAPP, 1982: d. Colorado 31-17
Bears went 7-4 in Kapp’s debut, but losses were by combined score of 154-38

ROGER THEDER, 1978: lost to Nebraska 36-26
Cal went 6-5 but couldn’t beat USC, UCLA or Stanford

MIKE WHITE, 1972: lost to Colorado 20-10
Bears lost to San Jose St, but 3-8 season ended with classic Big Game win

RAY WILLSEY, 1964: d. Missouri 21-14
A good start went south with five losses to end season at 3-7

MARV LEVY, 1960: lost to Tulane 7-3
A great NFL coach, Levy was 2-7-1 in Cal debut, 8-29-3 in four seasons

PETE ELLIOTT, 1957: lost to SMU 13-6
Elliott was 1-9 in 1st season, then guided Bears to the Rose Bowl a year later

PAPPY WALDORF, 1947: d. Santa Clara 33-7
Beloved coach took over a 2-7 team and went 9-1 before 3 straight Rose Bowls

FRANK WICKHORST, 1946: lost to Wisconsin 28-7
Beat a ranked Saint Mary’s team but not much else in 2-7 campaign

BUCK SHAW, 1945: lost to Saint Mary’s 20-13
Was 4-5-1 in lone season, but never faced Stanford as WWII canceled Big Game

STUB ALLISON, 1935: d. Cal Aggies 47-0
Spectacular debut resulted in 9-1 season and Pacific Coast Conference co-title

BILL INGRAM, 1931: d. Santa Clara 6-2
Bears went 8-2 with four shutouts, including 6-0 Big Game victory

NIBS PRICE, 1926: d. Santa Clara 13-6
Cal’s winningest hoops coach was 3-6 in debut and 0-4-1 in 5 seasons vs. Stanford

ANDY SMITH, 1916: d. Olympic Club 23-0
Magical run began in 1920, with “Wonder Teams” going 44-0-4 over 5 years

Jeff Faraudo

  • ScottyBear

    Hopefully Sonny comes out with kick ass plan and goes for it on our firist time on 4th down, just to erase the wimpy ghost of Tedford. Syoked!! Go Bears!!