Louisiana Tech has been one of the fun, upstart teams to watch during the 2012 NCAA football season so far. At 6-1 on the year, LA-Tech leads the WAC after winning the conference in 2011. Impressively, their sole loss on the season came in a high-scoring, 59-57 loss to SEC contender Texas A&M.
The maestro of this success in Louisiana has been head coach Sonny Dykes. Halfway through his pivotal third year at the helm, Dykes has accumulated a 19-13 record as a head coach.
Likely, should LA-Tech continue to run the table on the remainder of their schedule, Dykes will be destined for upward mobility in the collegiate ranks come bowl season, which is right around the time Arkansas should be seriously narrowing their search for a new head coach.
Although he is a bit more offensively minded, perhaps Dykes’ greatest value comes from his personal and professional background.
A Texas native, Dykes began his coaching career as a high school baseball coach in Texas before rising to the rank of co-offensive coordinator with Texas Tech nearly a decade later.
His knowledge of, and connections with, a Texas high school culture saturated with recruiting talent should prove invaluable should he be saddled with the task of rebuilding and developing a winning tradition at Arkansas.