And meh just sounds a lot like "me"....
First, thanks for your great stories and coverage of late, you've really been on top of things during a very busy time of year. Second, I think I've only been "meh" on two hires. I was on record liking Buh when both he and Arata were up, glowed about Sonny during his press conference, praised the special teams hire and like Franklin as OC--all upgrades. And I like Sonny as a hire more than most of the press does. But I'm just calling it like I see it.
I wanted JT gone--Nevada game was the last straw for me--but I think there's revisionism going on with respect to JT, that everything Sonny or Sandy do is great and JT left the program in a mess. JT left a new stadium and great recruiting classes. For the most part JT had a great staff his first 5 years here and even at the end he had some really good assistants with proven success in the pac 10 in terms of player performance and recruiting.
Looper wants us to hire all big name ex-HC's as our assistant coaches
Both coaches have a lot of connections to the BSU, Fresno and Nevada program
Dykes said they're deciding whether the last coach will be another LB coach or another secondary coach. I assume the last coach will also share some other responsibilities, too, like another special teams assistant.
The thing that's confusing to me is that they're allowed 10 fulltime coaches on staff and with Dykes, Ingram, Likens, Tommerdahl and the OL coach, that's 5 on offense and he said they're set with O so there won't be a QB coach or other offensive-oriented position coach.
With Buh, Sacks, Stewart and a yet-undefined position coach, that should still leave another slot.
Thanks again! I hope these guys can hit the ground running with any more recruiting we need to do before signing day!
Noticed he went from DE to DT coach (or maybe it was vice versa). Is it typical for a school to have two DL position coaches?
Exactly right. Silly oversight with Franklin.
Regarding Tedford, I agree that there's some revisionist thinking on the part of a lot of people but I think it's just coming out that way because people like what they hear from Dykes and his staff and he's articulating what so many have wanted to hear for so long.
Unfortunately, Tedford's rep is further suffering in the comparison and it's a shame but he brought on a lot of the furvent feelings by the way he handled things in recent years so it's a natural consequence.
As Tedford was so fond of saying, "there's no question" he did a ton of great things for Cal and left the program in a position where the right coach and staff could turn things around quickly. I just don't think it was going to happen under him anymore. Things just seemed to reach the point of no return.