Not much news on the Sonny Dykes/Baylor front. He’s very much a candidate but it’s unclear if he’s Baylor’s top target. We might be in a holding pattern for awhile here.
Update on Baylor search: Mike Singletary not candidate & Sonny Dykes was recruiting in Texas today -- for Cal. Decision next week, guessing— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) November 30, 2016
Baylor might not be the only program in Texas that has interest in Dykes. The Houston Cougars are dealing with another coaching vacancy. Tom Herman packed his bags and went on his way to Austin to head up the Texas Longhorns to replace Charlie Strong. A host of names have been floated, and Sonny Dykes is among them.
Other early candidates I'm being told: Cal's Sonny Dykes, Syracuse's Dino Babers and Tulsa's Phillip Montgomery.— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) November 26, 2016
Wild card: Mike Leach
This would be the FOURTH time in six years that Dykes has been linked to the Houston job. Dykes was linked to the job in 2011 back when he was in Louisiana Tech, when the Cougars chose Tony Levine. He was linked to the job in 2014, when Cal went 5-7 and the Houston job came open (the Cougars picked Herman). He was linked to the job in 2015 in the circumstance that Herman decided to leave, but obviously he chose to return.
Now it’s 2016 and the Cougars job is open again.
78-year-old Spike Dykes coming out of retirement as Houston football coaching candidate? Call up, Bill Yeoman. pic.twitter.com/KeASkRx28M— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) November 28, 2016
One Houston station seems to be a bit confused whether Sonny or Spike Dykes is the head coach of Cal.
This is the second college football opening in the state of Texas that Dykes has been rumored for. The other is Baylor, which is looking to jettison the Art Briles era in its entirety and reboot after a tire fire of a 2016 off the field.