Cal fans already are wondering if Saturday’s trek to Stanford could be Jared Goff’s final Big Game. The junior quarterback has not hinted whether he knows what he’ll do, but could be enticed to enter the NFL draft next spring.
Now coach Sonny Dykes’ future in Berkeley may also be in question.
Three different online media reports in recent weeks suggested he is frustrated he doesn’t yet have a contract extension and could be open to listening to other job offers, especially if they come from his home state of Texas.
Dykes says it isn’t true.
“This is where I want to be,” he said in an interview with this newspaper late last week, when asked to respond to the reports and the questions they raised. “It’s where I am. I came here and it’s where I want to be.”
Said athletic director Mike Williams, “It’s my intention to keep him here.”
When Dykes made his remarks, Cal hadn’t yet posted last Saturday’s 54-24 win over Oregon State, which makes the Bears (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) eligible for their first bowl invitation since 2011.
Even then, Dykes said the growth of young players in the program has provided him with “more optimism” at certain positions.
“We’re going to lose some good players (after this season), but we’re going to replace them with some good players,” he said. “Our young guys are good. We’re recruiting well. I’m excited about the future.”
The Oregon State win, on the heels of four straight defeats, provided Dykes with some relief and some satisfaction, he said. “We’ll be satisfied when we win every game.”
For now, Dykes and the Bears would settle for winning the next one.