Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) - Sonny Dykes, who guided the nation's top
scoring offense of Louisiana Tech this past season, has been named the new
head coach of the California Golden Bears.
Dykes takes over for Jeff Tedford, who was fired at the end of the season.
"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 gameday," California
athletics director Sandy Barbour said. "However, it was far more than his
history of a top-ranked offense and his proven success on the football field
that solidified my decision; it was the way he described his responsibility to
the University at large and his commitment to creating a climate of
comprehensive excellence and success for his student-athletes."
The 43-year-old Dykes has coached Louisiana Tech the past three seasons,
accumulating a 22-15 record. The Bulldogs went 9-3 this season, but decided
not to play in a postseason bowl. They averaged a stunning 51.5 points per
"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. I'm looking
forward to bringing our exciting and enthusiastic brand of football to
Prior to his stint at Louisiana Tech, Dykes spent three seasons as offensive
coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arizona.
The Golden Bears finished their season 3-9 overall and 2-7 in Pac-12 play, but
Tedford departed as the program's all-time winningest coach, compiling an
82-57 record over 11 seasons.
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