The University of California’s governing board tabled a policy on Thursday that would have made the public college system the nation’s second to tie bonuses awarded to winning athletic coaches to how well their players do in the classroom.
Cal has struggled mightily in Dykes’ first season, and the football team’s graduation rates are the worst among teams in major conferences. Entering the 116th Big Game on Saturday, Dykes is chasing the model that has made No. 10 Stanford a success on the field and in the classroom.
California has suspended an unidentified football player for instigating a locker room altercation that sent freshman running back Fabiano Hale to the hospital.
Police are investigating an altercation in the California locker room that sent freshman running back Fabiano Hale to the hospital.
New California coach Sonny Dykes and his re-tooled Golden Bears visit No. 2 Oregon with both teams coming off byes, giving them plenty of time to ponder what they might see Saturday night in the conference opener for both teams.
“I’ve seen the plays he had last year,” first-year Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. “We’re ready for him to make some plays like that, some explosive plays. He hasn’t had a chance to do that so far up to this point. We need for him to do it.
With a freshman quarterback, a new coaching staff and overhauled systems on both offense and defense, California comes into its season opener against No. 22 Northwestern on Saturday night with the element of surprise on its side.
Freshman quarterback Jared Goff was picked to start for California by new coach Sonny Dykes. Goff has been competing since the spring with redshirt freshman Zach Kline and junior Austin Hinder.
The first major question Sonny Dykes must answer as football coach at California is the same one that bedeviled his predecessor Jeff Tedford in his final years as Golden Bears coach.
When Cal opens its first fall camp under new coach Sonny Dykes, the top priority will be identifying the starting quarterback. “I’m hoping it will happen quickly,” Dykes said.