Cal Bears report: Sonny Dykes has been fired by the team; Former 49ers coach Kelly being shopped for the job

January 8, 2017

Cal Bears, NCAA

OCTOBER 27: Cal head coach Sonny Dykes looks on during an NCAA football game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans on October 27, 2016, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

By Michael Duca and Morris Phillips

BERKELEY–Sources told SRS the California Golden Bears dismissed head coach Sonny Dykes Sunday . The 47-year old Dykes came with high expectations, and for some of the four seasons at Cal showed why they selected him due to his offensive success. The team was known for it’s high scoring offense especially while Jared Goff was quarterback. Goff left Cal a year early and was the number one pick in the 2016 NFL draft, and now plays for the Los Angeles Rams. The Bears whose defense suffered a slew of injuries, could not keep opponents from out-scoring their high powered Bear Raid offense, however, leading to widespread discontent among Cal alumni.

Dykes was 19-30 in the four seasons that he coached at Cal and 5-7 this past season. With Goff’s departure to the Rams along with six other top receivers Dykes’offense was depleted and had to start all over again.

Dykes was making $3 million a season as head coach at Cal. One of the key reasons for the firing was that Dykes was off going on job interviews while coaching at Cal and that didn’t sit well with the university administration and most importantly the players. Dykes was reported to have interviewed for head coaching openings at Houston, Missouri, and most recently,Baylor. Dykes coached at Louisiana Tech before coming to Cal, and compiled a 25-15 record there.

Sources also said that former San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly could be the leading contender for the job at Cal. Kelly was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles prior to coming to the 49ers for not getting along with his players, but in San Francisco it was a different story.  The players there respected him and said that when quarterback Colin Kaepernick began his protest of the National Anthem, Kelly supported his player’s right to demonstrate in that manner.  Kelly also handled the quarterback transition from former starter Blaine Gabbert to Kaepernick well. The team finished 2-14 and Kelly did the best with what he had at the 49ers but was fired at the end of the season.

These are things that Cal are looking at and Kelly has also expressed an interest in coming back to coach at the college level. Kelly formerly coached at Oregon.

Morris Phillips and Michael Duca cover Cal Bears athletics for


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