Cal the right fit for Dykes

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Former Arizona Wildcats offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes pulled out a white California cap from underneath the podium and popped it on his head to accent his blue-and-gold tie and dark suit.

On his first day as Cal's coach, Dykes definitely looked the part.

Cal formally introduced Dykes as its new head coach Thursday, replacing the fired Jeff Tedford after three years at Louisiana Tech. Dykes said the past two days have been a whirlwind waiting to learn the outcome of the search "but I'll look back and say that was the best 48 hours of my life."

Golden Bears athletic director Sandy Barbour says she interviewed between six and 12 candidates. She says the school and Dykes have agreed to a "term sheet," but she will not release the contract details until it is made official in the coming days.

Dykes left Arizona after the 2009 season to take his first head coaching job at Louisiana Tech. He posted a 22-15 record in three seasons with one bowl appearance. The Bulldogs were shut out of the Bowl picture this season despite a 9-3 record.

The 43-year old spent three seasons as an assistant to Mike Stoops with the Wildcats, helping to turn UA's offense around and start the program's latest bowl run that has now reached four appearances in the last five years.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.