Jan. 20, 2010
University of Arizona offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes was introduced this evening in Ruston, La., as the new head coach at Louisiana Tech.
Dykes leaves the UA after three seasons, marked by considerable offensive consistency and a spread attack, including a 2007-08 span that saw quarterback Willie Tuitama set nearly all single-game, season and career passing records.
"We're certainly happy for Sonny, for him to have the opportunity to go and be a head coach," said Arizona head coach Mike Stoops. "That's what we all aspire to do. Sonny has done some awfully good things here, and he has done a great job for us. We're excited about the opportunity he's going to have a La-Tech."
"I want to discuss everything with my staff first and see where we're going from there. I'd like to hire from within if that's possible. In what capacity, we'll see," Stoops said in regard to filling Dykes' position.
He -- and now Dykes as head of his own program -- face less than two weeks of final work in completing recruiting classes for national signing date Feb. 3.
Dykes, 40, has been a football coach for 17 years and takes the reins for the first time at Louisiana Tech. He has been an offensive coordinator for the past five seasons, including 2005-06 at Texas Tech.