BERKELEY -- Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde said he won't get in a bidding war with Cal for coach Sonny Dykes, suggesting, "I'm sure if he gets an offer, he'll consider it strongly."
Cal's search for a new coach enters its third week after the Nov. 20 firing of Jeff Tedford, but an athletic department spokesman said there will be no comment, including a timetable, until a new coach is hired.
Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour, who has kept a low profile throughout the process, declined a request for an interview.
Dykes, whose Bulldogs lead the nation in scoring, interviewed with Cal over the weekend and is perhaps the front-runner.
Van De Velde told this newspaper Monday that he expects a decision by Dykes "within the next day or so, I would hope."
Asking about Cal's field of candidates, Van De Velde also wondered, "Why haven't they talked to Mike MacIntyre? He's a hell of a coach."
MacIntyre guided San Jose State to a 10-2 regular season that culminated with a 52-43 win over Louisiana Tech and a spot in the Military Bowl, He was thought to be on Barbour's list but said early last week he hadn't heard from other schools.
SJSU athletic director Gene Bleymaier declined Monday to shed any light on whether that has changed. "I don't comment one way or the other on the coach carousel," he said. "I don't want to get into speculation."
Van De Velde said he wouldn't rework Dykes' contract, valued at $760,000 per year, to keep him at Louisiana Tech. "We did something for Sonny last year when he flirted with a couple schools," he said. "We haven't got the ability to match what Cal would want to do or anybody who's at that level in the BCS and has all that television money."
Dykes led Louisiana Tech to a 9-3 record this season, but the team did not receive a bowl bid after initially stalling when offered a spot by the Independence Bowl.
Cal reportedly talked over the weekend with Kent State's Darrell Hazell. Former Raiders coach Hue Jackson, an assistant with the Bengals, might also still be in the picture.