BERKELEY (CBS Sports) – Sonny Dykes didn’t need more than two seconds to come up with an answer to the question, “Best advice you ever got from your father?”

“He told me, ‘Don’t worry about places. Worry about people.'”

The younger Dykes went on to explain that in 1997, about six weeks after he accepted an offer to become a graduate assistant at the University of Kentucky, he got a call from then-University of Texas head coach John Mackovic to come join the Longhorns staff as a GA. To say the Texas offer was tempting would be an understatement. Dykes’ daddy, the long-time Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes, had once been an assistant at Texas in the mid-70s when Sonny was a toddler. Texas had just won the Big 12 title after knocking off Nebraska in the conference title game. The younger Dykes, a former Texas Tech baseball player, had been trying to get a foot in the door at Texas for four seasons. Meanwhile, UK had been an SEC doormat.

Even though Dykes had a famous last name in football circles — Spike Dykes is in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame — he hadn’t been able to break into major college football.

What he did next says a lot about the new Cal coach. READ MORE from CBS Sports.

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