As he aspires to build his football program, coach Sonny Dykes doesn’t need to look far to find a model for success.
“There’s a lot of different ways to win in football and sports in general,” he said Tuesday during a media briefing, three days after the close of spring workouts.
“The Yankees have won by having the biggest payroll and the biggest superstars. And the A’s have won by having the smallest payroll, no superstars and a great team.
“You have to figure out who you are. I think right now we’re a little bit more like the A’s than the Yankees. And that’s fine.”
What that means to Dykes and the Bears a year after staggering to a 1-11 record is creating a culture where the whole is bigger than its parts. Cal’s roster isn’t bulging with five-star recruits, but can achieve beyond those expectations, Dykes said.
“We’ve got to kind of embrace that and buy into that. I just believe that is how you sustain a program, by having good people and creating a good culture and getting guys to play hard for each other on a day-to-day basis,” he said.
“I think we’re much further along than we were, but I’m not quite sure we’re there yet.”