Or, how Sonny Dykes learned to stop The Bad and love The Rockfights
Why did I read this. I was having such a nice post-Christmas week.
It's hard to escape the conclusion that was also my sense at the time that while Sonny ball, the Cal version, was fundamentally flawed, the biggest issue was wild inconsistencies, which are often in turn a product of a lack of depth and breadth of talent that set up for wild swings and disasters whenever things didn't go better than could be expected.
While the locations of the problems are different in the Wilcox era, the problem persists, which suggests problems that are bigger and outside the control of Sonny or Justin that prevents assembling or maintaining an adequate staff or roster.
It would take some considerable research to confirm a similar situation exists that accounts for basketball and baseball mediocrity, but it seems entirely likely that's the case, and accounts for why what looks like aggregate talent that bounces between the middle of the Mt West and the middle of the Big West levels produces results that match.
No shade on Oski or Sonny, but the cover photo looks like one of those awkward moments when the conversation dies and you realize you may not have that much in common.
Love Michigan, especially as an example of both academic and football excellence, but I gotta' root for Sonny. Go TCU!
Have to give Sonny a lot of credit for washing out of Cal and then wandering in the coaching wilderness for awhile as a consultant (sort of a bounce back thing for fired coaches) before getting the SMU gig and then making the move to TCU. There may be a lesson here for Cal - maybe it's just hard to win here and there are too many administrative obstacles. But Buh and Kaufman as DC's was a disaster. I hope Justin can successfully navigate the waters in Berkeley and also be a winner ultimately.
Question: Where the Hell was this defense when Sonny was at Cal? Did he get run off, then started looking elsewhere? Gotta' wonder what might have been has he had the support he needed, here.