When things went badly for Sonny Dykes in his first year at a new job, he did the natural thing. Cal’s football coach phoned his dad.
Spike Dykes, who spent 13 seasons at Texas Tech, wasn’t the only coach who provided offseason counsel to Sonny Dykes as he tried to regroup after the Bears’ 1-11 performance last fall.
“The hardest thing for me has been getting over it,” Sonny Dykes said. “Because as a coach, that’s your identity. That’s who you are.”
No one wants to look in the mirror and see 1-11, so after last season Dykes figured he’d benefit from the advice of coaches who have seen it all. He talked with the likes of Bill Snyder, Mack Brown, Bob Stoops and Dick Tomey, and his dad.
Their message: “You’ve got to believe in what you’re doing,” Dykes said.
Few coaches have had their self-belief tested more strenuously than Kansas State’s Snyder, who in 1989 took over what Sports Illustrated once called college football’s worst program. K-State had enjoyed just four winning seasons in the 44 years before Snyder arrived.
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