Will chaos spare Cal? Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports reports that Sonny Dykes is being interviewed for the head coaching position at Missouri.
Among the candidates in the region Rhoades is believed to have interviewed: Air Force coach Troy Calhoun; Utah State coach Matt Wells (?); and Colorado State coach Mike Bobo. But a fourth candidate from outside the Rocky Mountain area is meeting with Rhoades in Denver on Tuesday, according to sources: California coach Sonny Dykes.
Dykes, in his third year at Cal after replacing Jeff Tedford, has a contract extension on the table from the school but has not agreed to it. His Golden Bears finished the regular season 7-5, returning to bowl eligibility for the first time since 2011. Dykes could be in play at other schools with openings as well.
The report has been confirmed by Missouri news.
Sources tell KOMU Cal coach Sonny Dykes interviews with Missouri today in Denver. Dykes 13-23 in 3 yrs at Cal, gone from 1 to 5 to 7 wins— Chris Gervino (@KOMUChrisG) December 1, 2015
The interesting tidbit of information here is that a contract extension is on the table for Dykes at Cal. But he has yet to accept it.
Dykes has been rumored for a few different positions, including South Carolina and Houston, but this is the first clear rumor that he is actually actively seeking a potential open spot. It's worth noting that Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades is the former athletic director at Houston, who actively courted Dykes last season and in 2011.
Dykes has engineered an impressive turnaround in three seasons, taking Cal from 1-11 his first year to 7-5 his third year (along with a strong overhaul of academics and culture), but there are still plenty of question marks about whether he is the man long-term to lead the Bears. And Dykes is similarly unhappy with the lack of love he has gotten with the Cal administration for all he has done in his first three years.
Sonny Dykes isn't happy w/ contract situation at Cal. That would be an interesting style fit in the SEC. https://t.co/ADchNaiFXY— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) December 1, 2015
Sonny Dykes hasn't been happy at Cal—Felt he hasn't gotten enough love 4 the job he's done & he's right. Mizzou isn't an easy gig either tho— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) December 1, 2015
Dykes returned to Cal last season. But Missouri is a solid high profile job in the downtrodden SEC East and can throw solid SEC money at him. This is worrisome.