Cal has chosen its next head football coach: Sonny Dykes of Louisiana Tech.
Spartan Sports Guy can breathe easy, because San Jose State savior Mike MacIntyre hasn’t left his alma mater (not yet, anyway). The same goes for 49ers fans who still hold out hope that Greg Roman will return for a third season, and Boise State backers who feared Chris Peterson might leave the smurf turf for the Golden Bears (although the most relieved folks are probably those that feared Hue Jackson would return to the bay to coach in Berkeley).
Dykes was on a short list of names that started swirling immediately after Cal fired Jeff Tedford. For a couple weeks all anyone had to go on was speculation as to who Cal was interviewing, then athletic director Sandy Barbour told the San Jose Mercury News on Wednesday that they were “getting close” to finding a coach.
Although Dykes may not bring the “big name potential” that some may have hoped the Bears would seek, he has experienced FBS success and is known as an innovator of sorts. He was 22-15 in his three seasons coaching the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, won the WAC and led the team to an appearance in the Poinsetta Bowl last year. Louisiana Tech leads the league in points per game (51.8, 0.7 ahead of No. 2 Oregon). Prior to taking the head job at Louisiana Tech, Dykes was the offensive coordinator at Arizona under Mike Stoops and the wide receivers coach at Texas Tech under Mike Leach.
The future for the Bears’ program is unclear, even with the next head coach presumably on his way. They have some major talent leaving for the NFL this offseason and a lot of cleaning up to do in the recruiting department. But if you’re a Cal fan, you should be excited about this hire according to the Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick: