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Sonny Dykes takes over as Cal's new coach

  • New California head coach Sonny Dykes speaks during an NCAA college football news conference, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Berkeley, Calif. Dykes was formally introduced as the replacement for the fired Jeff Tedford after three years at Louisiana Tech. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, D. Ross Cameron) MAGS OUT

BERKELEY — At the urging of athletic director Sandy Barbour, Sonny Dykes pulled out a white California cap from underneath the lectern and popped it on his head to accent his blue-and-gold tie and dark suit, drawing cheers from department staff who filled the Memorial Stadium room.

On his first day as Cal's coach, Dykes definitely looked the part. The Golden Bears just hope he can garner the same reaction on game days.

Cal formally introduced Dykes as its football coach Thursday, replacing the fired Jeff Tedford after three years at Louisiana Tech. Dykes takes over a proud program with a refurbished stadium and training facilities, but also one that has failed to make a bowl in two of the past three seasons and has the lowest graduation rate (48 percent) in the Pac-12 Conference.

"We will turn it around," Dykes said. "It's going to be a long, arduous process. How many years is it going to take? I don't know. Is it going to be next year? I don't know. What's the future hold? I can't answer that question. But I do know that's what's going to drive us every day. Every single day we get in our car and come to work, our goal is going to be to get to the Rose Bowl."

The decision to hire Dykes was easily the biggest one Barbour has made in her eight-year tenure.


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