In spite of a social media push to promote Jeff Traylor, the Mustangs have agreed to terms with Sonny Dykes to be the next head coach on the Hilltop. Dykes, son of legendary Texas Tech coach Spike, served as an analyst on Gary Patterson's TCU staff last season. Before that Dykes coached at Louisiana Tech and then Cal. His overall record is 41-44.
Dykes was eager to take a Power 5 job, so he jumped at a bad one in Berkeley, or at least a bad fit. Nothing about the Cal gig screamed "hey that's the perfect sport for a guy from West Texas!" but he picked it. Dykes put up one winning season in four attempts and was let go after the 2016 season.
At Louisiana Tech, Dykes finished 22-15 and took the Techsters to a Poinsettia Bowl in 2011. Dykes is from the Mike Leach, Air Raid tree, and his team will put up a lot of points, but will wear out the scoreboard operator for the opponent as well.
His teams have routinely flirted with the Full Kingsbury (scoring 50 and losing by ten or more), the Cal Bears pulled a Mini-Kingsbury on several occasions (scoring 40 but losing by double digits).
We'll reserve judgment, but Dykes' supporters seem to be unified that the Cal job was a tough place to win so that we can excuse his 19-30 record, 10-26 mark in the Pac 12. That's fine, but good coaches find a way to compete against their contemporaries, great coaches overcome tough spots, or maybe better yet, don't end up in those spots, to begin with.
Dykes' choice at defensive coordinator will be critical if he hires one at all.