New Cal football coach Sonny Dykes announced the hiring of two key former Louisiana Tech aides. Meanwhile, at least four of Cal's five holdover assistants have been fired.

Coming to Berkeley from Dykes' staff in Ruston, La., are offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Rob Likens.

Gone from the previous staff are running backs coach Ron Gould, an assistant at Cal for 16 years, along with Wes Chandler (wide receivers), Ashley Ambrose (defensive backs) and Marcus Arroyo (passing game coordinator/quarterbacks).

Among the five assistants who were retained when coach Jeff Tedford was fired Nov. 20, only Jim Michalczik remained on the staff, according to a Cal spokesman. Michalczik was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach the past two seasons.

Gould and Chandler, however, said all five holdover coaches were fired.

Franklin worked all three seasons at Louisiana Tech with Dykes, running the offense and calling plays. The Bulldogs led the nation in scoring this season.

Franklin was a 2012 nominee for the Broyles Award given to the nation's top assistant coach and one of four finalists for the FootballScoop.com Offensive Coordinator of the Year.

Likens coached 2012 second-team AP All-American and Biletnikoff Award semifinalist Quinton Patton, who caught 104 passes, including 13 touchdowns this season.

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Santa Clara forward Erik Hurtado and goalkeeper Larry Jackson have been invited to the Major League Soccer combine Jan. 11-15 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The MLS draft will be Jan. 17 in Indianapolis.

  • San Jose State's Steven Sanchez has been named to the All-Far West Regional third team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

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    The SaberCats have been assigned wide receiver Huey Whittaker on a one-year contract. Whittaker had 69 catches for 828 yards and 17 touchdowns for the SaberCats last season.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond and wire services contributed to this report.