Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Poll: The Pac-12's new coaches
By Kevin Gemmell
It's the dawn of new eras at California and Colorado, which filled their vacant coaching positions with Sonny Dykes to Berkeley and Mike MacIntyre to Boulder.
So far, they have passed the PR test, i.e. the introductory news conferences. But coaching staffs have to be assembled, recruits have to be retained and the recruiting trail must be hit hard.
Cal seems to be in a better position than Colorado at this point. The Bears have plenty of talent. But the Buffs' youngsters gained a ton of experience this year and MacIntyre said that upgrades to facilities have been promised.
So for your Tuesday poll question, based on the current situations of both teams, did Cal or Colorado have the stronger hire.
Sonny Dykes, Cal: He's an offensive-minded coach who will fit right in to the Pac-12. He already has experience in the conference and he knows how to recruit California. His offense was ranked No. 1 in the nation at Louisiana Tech. He'll do wonders with Cal's current roster and bring in the big-time players from within the state.
Mike MacIntyre, Colorado: He turned San Jose State into a 10-win team in only a couple of seasons -- and its only losses this year were to Stanford (20-17) and Utah State (49-27), which is currently ranked in the BCS Top 25. He has a defensive background and also has good recruiting ties in California.
Both are winners: Both head coaches are exactly what their new schools needed. Cal needed fresh blood and a new way of looking at things to get the program going again. The Buffs needed someone with a track record of rebuilding. Both were dynamite hires.
Neither: They should have stayed the course with Jeff Tedford at California and given him at least one more year with the new facilities and up-and-coming talent. Jon Embree deserved at least a third season at Colorado.
Too soon to tell: Let's let these guys round out their coaching staffs, get through signing day and play a football game before we start passing judgment.