And so the coaching pretty much official, former Louisiana Tech Head Coach is now coming to Cal with his high powered offense.
Here’s the quick gist Jeff Faraudo:
Dykes, 43, operates a wide-open passing attack that produced 51.5 points per game and was second nationally with 577.9 total yards.
The Bulldogs were 9-3 this season, but they were left out of a bowl game after briefly stalling after an offer from the Independence Bowl.
Dykes has a three-year record of 22-15 at the Ruston, La., school.
He was earning $760,000 per year with Louisiana Tech, barely one-third of what Cal paid Jeff Tedford, who was fired on Nov. 20 after 11 seasons.
Dykes is the son of longtime Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes. His resume includes a stint as offensive coordinator at Pac-12 rival Arizona.
He started off in Texas Tech learning under former Texas Tech Head Coach and current Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach. He was an excellent recruiter there and even won an All-American Football Foundation’s Mike Campbell Top Assistant Award at Texas Tech. He’s also not new to the Pac-10/12 atmosphere. After Texas Tech, he transformed Arizona’s offense from 16.6 points and 252.8 yards per game to 36.6 points and 402.4 yards per game and also helped develop Nick Foles. Sure he loves passing the ball but he is surprisingly balanced with his system with 227.17 rushing/game with La Tech this past year.
However, there are some big cons. He had a defense that allowed 38.5 pts/game (they only won games because they scored 51.5 pts/game). They also had one of the most penalties/game in the nation (only Washington, Cal and UCLA had more) with 8.2/game, now imagine that team playing with Pac-12 refs. Also, Dykes was not able to beat any big name teams this past year, as he lost to Texas A&M, Utah St, and San Jose St.
The biggest question now is who is going to be part of his staff? Who will be the defensive coordinator (Lot’s of people are saying DeWayne Walker)? If Dykes can haul in a great crew of assistants like Jim Mora did over at UCLA, next season will be very fruitful for Cal, if not very entertaining.