BERKELEY -- Louisiana Tech's Sonny Dykes, whose team led the nation in scoring this season, looks to be Cal's next football coach.
A source close to Dykes said he had spoken to Dykes on Wednesday and can confirm that he is taking the Cal job.
Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour tweeted on Wednesday night: "We've found r man! Bringing new head coach back2Berkeley Thurs. Young men in r program will exp great success under his leadership!"
FootballScoop.com was the first to report the news. Louisiana Tech held a players meeting on Wednesday evening.
Asked about Dykes' demeanor just before going into a meeting with his players, the source said, "He seemed a little conflicted, but I think he's excited. This place will be dear to him because it was his first head coaching job. One of his children was born here. I think (Cal) is going to get a real good coach."
According to another source, Cal players had not met Wednesday, though Cal defensive back Avery Sebastian tweeted: "Sonny dykes ok let's ride."
Cal running backs coach Ron Gould, in Los Angeles recruiting, said he's not been told of a coaching hire. But he added that he was told to cut trip short and get back to campus.
Dykes, 43, operates a wide-open passing attack that produced 51.5 points per game and was second nationally with 577.9 total yards.
The Bulldogs were 9-3 this season, but they were left out of a bowl game
Dykes has a three-year record of 22-15 at the Ruston, La., school.
He was earning $760,000 per year with Louisiana Tech, barely one-third of what Cal paid Jeff Tedford, who was fired on Nov. 20 after 11 seasons.
Dykes is the son of longtime Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes. His resume includes a stint as offensive coordinator at Pac-12 rival Arizona.