After hiring Dykes, what's next?

Now that Sonny Dykes is the head coach of the Golden Bears, Cal Sports Digest looks at the next steps he will and should take moving forward.

BERKELEY, Calif. – With Sonny Dykes set to be introduced as the next California head coach at a press conference Thursday afternoon, what are the next steps for the Golden Bears? Cal Sports Digest takes a look at what is still to come.

-Build A Staff
Football Scoop reported Wednesday night that Dykes will bring three assistants with him from Louisiana Tech, including running backs coach Pierre Ingram and wide receivers coach Rob Likens. Ingram's presence likely means the end of ace recruiter Ron Gould's time in Berkeley after 16 years under two different coaching administrations.

But the biggest coup is offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, a guru of up-tempo spread offenses that helped the Bulldogs become not only the nation's No. 2 offense in terms of total yardage but also an incredibly balanced (350.75 passing yards per game, 227.17 rushing yards per game in 2012) attack.

The big challenge will be finding a defensive coordinator capable of matching that firepower with stops, something that did not happen at LA Tech. The Bulldogs allowed 38.5 points and 526.08 yards per game, playing in shootouts almost every week.

Former UCLA defensive coordinator and current New Mexico State head coach Dewayne Walker has been linked to Dykes as a potential option, but whoever is hired will play a huge role in the future success or failure of the program. When you have to deal with the varied schemes of the Pac-12, from Stanford's bludgeoning ground game and play-action to the spread option at Arizona, UCLA, and Oregon, it is key to find someone capable of adapting on a week-by-week basis.

-Hit The Recruiting Trail
Based on the excited reactions from Cal's verbal commits on Twitter, there won't be any issues keeping them in the fold. The excitement from Dykes' hiring, however, will result in plenty of second looks from uncommitted recruits and players that have pledged elsewhere.

Key targets that Dykes must reengage include Auburn (Calif.) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and a typically strong crop at Concord (Calif.) De La Salle.

-Manage Personnel
There are always transfers when a new staff comes in. It's just a fact of life that personalities clash or an unhappy player might welcome a change of scenery. The challenge for Dykes will be to address any issues as quickly as possible to avoid any depth problems at a specific position down the road.

-Create Some Buzz
In a crowded San Francisco sports landscape, Cal seems to always draw the short straw when it comes to attention from the press. That has been magnified by the success of the 49ers, Giants, and Stanford football. Now is the time for Dykes to capitalize on the opportunity presented by his arrival and reestablish a media foothold.

Dykes is a very personable and quotable figure, and should give Cal a visible platform heading into 2013. From there, it will come down to wins and losses.

Dan Greenspan is the publisher of Cal Sports Digest and writes about the Pac-12 for Fox Sports Next. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.


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