Dwan wrote:Dykes was always a poor fit culturally at Cal. I don't think west coast recruiting ties are a big deal. The west is loaded with transplants. Chip Kelly recruited well at Oregon and he was from New Hamphire and never coached on the west coast until Oregon. Pete Carroll had been out of college coaching for decades when he went to USC. Mac at Colorado did well at SJSU after spending his career in the south. Urban Meyer did well at Florida having never coached In the south. Saban did well at LSU having never coached in the South. Dennis Erikson did well at Miami after spending his whole career in the Northwest. Sonny Dykes is not a very good coach....if he was, he would have gotten one of the many jobs he interviewed for. Give credit to Cal for not letting him pull a June Jones with ASI
As stated by others, Kelly HATED recruiting, and hired the best assistants to do the job, with him closing the deal. Think JJ hate of recruiting.
Cal is a big program torn between alums who want to compete with Stanford and the LA schools, but also keeping their academic standing (for what it is) in place. There is a REAL battle within that school as to the place of athletics, and how much emphasis it should have.
Leach would work well there...Kiffin too. The question is whether a coach like that would ever give them a sniff.