Bears Appear to Have Their Man in Dykes


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By Jim McGill, Staff Writer
Posted Dec 5, 2012
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According to several people close to the University of Califonia football coaching search process, it appears that Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes will soon be named the new head coach at Cal, replacing departed veteran coach Jeff Tedford

Dykes, 43, led a turnaround at La Tech, taking over a 4-8 team in 2009 and improving the Bulldogs year-by-year, to 5-7, 8-5, with a 1st place finish in the WAC to this year's 9-3 record. Dykes was also named WAC Coach of the Year in 2011, which he parlayed into a contract extension to 2017 and raise to $750,000.

The Bulldogs led the nation in 2011 with an amazing 51 points per game, finishing fourth overall in passing yards with 350 yards per game and 18th overall in rushing, with 227 yards per game.

Known for his offensive innovation, Dykes got his coaching start at Northeast Louisiana as a wide reciever coach in 1998. He then moved to Kentucky as their wide receivers/special teams coach in 1999, then on to Texas Tech from 2000 to 2006, where he served as wide receivers coach through '04 and as co-offensive coordinator in 2005 and 2006. Following Tech, Dykes moved on to Arizona as offensive coordinator and receivers coach from 2007-2009 before taking the head spot at Louisiana Tech in 2010.

In each of Dykes' first five seasons, the Red Raiders went to bowl games, culminating in Tech's upset victory over Cal in the 2004 Holiday Bowl.

After moving to OC, Tech, Dykes helped the Red Raiders to the Cotton Bowl and a #17 rating in the final coach's poll in 2005 while tutoring quarterback Cody Hodges, who led the nation in passing.

In 2006, Texas Tech finished 6th in the nation in total offense and averaged 32 points per game, culminating in an Insight Bowl victory over Minnesota.

After moving to Arizona in 2007 and joining head coach Mike Stoops, Dykes presided over the number one offense in the Pac 10 as offensive coordinator, followed by an 8-5 season in 2008 -the Wildcats' first winning season in 10 years.

In Dykes' last season at Arizona in 2009, the Wildcats again won eight games and finsihed 2nd in the Pac 10 and Dyke's was nominated for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top offensive assistant.

An official announcement is expected tomorrow. Stay tuned for more details.

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