Cal Fires Head Coach Sonny Dykes

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reported Sunday afternoon that California has fired coach Sonny Dykes.

During his brief tenure at Cal, Dykes notched a 19-30 overall record after managing a total mark of 22-15 while at Louisiana Tech.

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Two of the hottest names on the coaching circuit have already taken new jobs, as Tom Herman has gone to Texas, and P.J. Fleck is now leading Minnesota. As you'd expect, those interviews didn't sit well with the administration at Cal, as it always felt like Dykes had a foot out the door and was looking for something else.

But the timing of Dykes' firing does come about a week after the San Francisco 49ers fired Chip Kelly.

Faced with a rebuilding task at a program dealing with financial troubles, Dykes went 1-11 in his debut, then improved to 5-7 and 8-5 before falling back to 5-7 this year. The team was 22nd in the country in points scored per game, but second to last in points allowed.

Dykes remained at the helm for the Golden Bears since the start of the 2013-2014 season.

It's historically been a tough job, though, and Cal will probably be prepared to settle for a name not almost as big as Kelly.

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