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Golden Nuggets: SBNation Grades All FBS Coaching Hires, Gives Sonny Dykes a B

SBNation hands out grades to all 26 teams hiring coaches this offseason.

Bob Levey

Our dear leaders at SBNation ranked all 26 new hires in college football. Sonny Dykes and the Bears earn a B. 16 teams finished with better grades while only four received a worse grade. Our Pac-12 brethren at Colorado were one of only three teams to receive an A.

Grade: B


Former Coach: Jeff Tedford
New Coach:
Sonny Dykes
Most Recent Job:
Louisiana Tech head coach

Dykes is an offense guy and now resides in an offense conference. He will inherit plenty of perfectly interesting skill position weapons in Berkeley, and by all means he should craft a fun, explosive offense.

But ... defense? Does he have anything on his resume to suggest that he can build a winning defense? His Tech defense was pretty good in 2011, but not in 2010 or 2012. Cal should expect to improve under Dykes, but by how much?

I guess the mothership isn't yet drinking the Sonny Delight.