Among the resources new Cal football coach Sonny Dykes has tried to cultivate in his first eight months on the job is a relationship with his predecessor.
Dykes said during Monday’s Bay Area college football media day that he phoned ex-Cal coach Jeff Tedford about a week after he took the job in December, and intends to talk with him again during the upcoming season.
The purpose of the conversation, Dykes said, was “more just to let him know, `I know you recruited these guys and I’m going to do everything I can to put them in a situation to be successful,’ ” Dykes said. “Because he cares deeply about his players and wants them to do well.
“I wanted him to know I appreciated the job he did at Cal and appreciate the kind of players he recruited. We had a great conversation. Jeff was super, Jeff was awesome.
“He wants to see the players do well. He loves Cal and loves the players and wants to see everyone do well.”
Tedford, the winningest coach in Cal history, was fired after the Bears went 3-9 last season.
— Dykes said everything about the Bay Area so far has been “better than I anticipated,” and that even includes dealing with the media.
He joked during the well-attended local media day at a San Francisco hotel that he never got this level of attention while coaching at Louisiana Tech in rural Ruston, La.
“I was the only guy who covered my team,” Dykes said. “We had a beat writer who never came to practice. Literally never. He was a great guy, but he never came to practice the whole time I was there.
“I suppose this is a little different.”
— Senior offensive tackle Bill Tyndall, who broke an ankle during spring ball, should be ready for the Bears’ Aug. 31 opener vs. Northwestern, Dykes said.
A starter in five games last season, Tyndall is running and will practice on a limited basis at first when training camp begins next Monday, Dykes said.