Golden coach now a Golden Bear
December 13, 2012
A Western Athletic Conference championship, first time playing in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and an overall record of 22-15 will now be chasing the California dream.
The University of California Berkley Golden Bears’ Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour announced last week that Tech former head coach Sonny Dykes has accepted a job to the same position at Cal.
“Sonny Dykes is one of the brightest offensive minds in the country, running a high-octane style of football, one that I’m certain will allow our student-athletes to thrive and that our community will love on game day,” Barbour said.
For the past few seasons, Dykes has turned around the LA Tech football program, which improved all three seasons he was in Ruston.
The Golden Bears, under his leadership, will see a faster-paced offense similar to their conference rivals, the Washington State University Cougars. Former Texas Tech University Red Raiders’ head coach Mike Leach, who Dykes served under for five seasons as a wide receivers coach, coaches the Cougars.
“I am excited for the opportunity to become head coach at the University of California,” Dykes said. “Cal offers one of the best combinations of athletics and academics in the country, and a passionate fan base to match.”
Dykes, the son of former Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes, will be making his second stop in the Pacific-12 conference since leaving his offensive coordinator position at the University of Arizona Wildcats three years ago.
An offensive guru, along with offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, he helped put together the 2012 football season’s No. 1-ranked offense.
“We think what we will do on offense will put a charge into the (University of California) program and give a spike in recruiting,” Dykes told ESPN on the night after he met with LA Tech. “We want excitement. I want to sell it to the alumni, boosters, players, families, fans and high school coaches. I want to hit the ground running.”
Cal went 3-9 this season and 2-7 in PAC-12 conference play under former head coach Jeff Tedford.
“We discussed the unique place that Berkeley and Cal Athletics occupy in higher education, standing for both academic and athletic excellence,” Barbour said. “Above all, Sonny values the opportunity to develop relationships with and have an impact on his student-athletes, staff and community.”
LA Tech, other than searching for a a coach, has yet to release a statement on the matter.
The ’Dogs went 9-3 this season without making a bowl game.
The journey to find a new coach begins with a search committee chaired by Dr. Les Guice, Louisiana Tech’s president-elect.
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