The Scoop on Sonny Dykes to Cal
- by Zach Barnett 2016 years ago
We have learned that Cal has hired Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes as its next head coach.
The Golden Bears will go from one passing guru to another. Dykes' Bulldogs led the country in scoring offense (51.5 points per game), ranked second in total offense (577.9 yards per game) and placed fourth nationally with 350.8 passing yards per game.
Dykes will be charged to reinvigorate a Cal team that went 3-9 this fall. The Golden Bears ranked 92nd in scoring offense, 74th in total offense and 88th in passing offense in 2012. Those numbers mirror the output by Louisiana Tech in 2009, the year before Dykes' arrival, when the Bullogs ranked 91st in 91st in passing offense and 66th in total offense.
Dykes, 43, hails from Big Spring, Texas, played baseball at Texas Tech and got his start coaching at three separate high schools in Texas before snagging a graduate assistant and tight ends coach role under Hal Mumme at Kentucky in 1997. He then left for Louisiana - Monroe (then Northeast Louisiana) in 1998 before bouncing back to Kentucky as the wide receivers and special teams coach in 1999. Dykes then moved to Texas Tech under Mike Leach in 2000 as the wide receivers coach and assumed the role of offensive coordinator from 2005-06.
Dykes directed the offense at Arizona under Mike Stoops from 2007-09 before taking the reins at Louisiana Tech in 2010. Dykes went 22-15 as the head coach of the Bulldogs, and 17-8 over his last two seasons.