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New Cal Coach Sonny Dykes from Innovative Coaching Tree
Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

BERKELEY -- The roots of the coaching tree that spawned new Cal football coach Sonny Dykes reach down to Darrell Royal and LaVell Edwards. But his approach to the game was shaped more directly by less traditional influences. Perhaps none was more profound than the time he spent with Hal Mumme at Kentucky. "I hired him twice," Mumme said of Dykes. "He was that good." In his first stint at Kentucky, as a graduate assistant in 1997, Dykes was charged with finding a solution a year after the Wildcats had five punts blocked. The new coach decided he had to try something different. "I called Sonny in and said that's your job this summer," Mumme recalled...

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