Report: Sonny Dykes to ‘interview’ for NC State job on Wednesday morning

SFN’s Tuesday morning coaching update highlighted that Lousiana Tech’s Sonny Dykes appeared to be the ‘clubhouse leader’ for the vacant NC State football coaching position.

After a day of significant rumors that see-sawed focus between Sonny Dykes and Clemson offensive co-ordinator, Chad Morris, the The News Star in Monroe, Louisiana is reporting that Sonny Dykes will ‘interview’ with NC State on Wednesday morning. Link to report

Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes will interview for the North Carolina State head football coaching job Wednesday morning, The News-Star has learned.

North Carolina State scheduled an emergency meeting of the board of trustees for Wednesday afternoon, according to the News and Observer, a newspaper in Raleigh, N.C.

Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde hasn’t returned a phone call after The News-Star learned of Dykes’ interview, but he said earlier Tuesday evening that Tech’s coaching situation is “fluid,” but “as far we know, no decision has been made yet.”

Additionally, many fans on Louisiana Tech message boards are claiming that Dykes is NC State bound. (Link here)

Right now, the evidence appears to be piling up and the signs are pointing towards Sonny Dykes.

As a friend of mine said tonight, “We all know that you don’t ‘interview’ for a job if you don’t already have it.” We also know that it the interview isn’t made public if a deal is not close to imminent.

Additionally, the timing of this ‘interview’ is made more conspicuous by the emergency meeting of the NC State Board of Trustees that has been called for tomorrow afternoon after the interview.

One last tangential point of support regarding Dykes — Florida State Defensive Co-ordinator Mark Stoops accepted the Kentucky job today after Dykes was reportedly highly coveted by the Wildcats. We’ve heard today from some contacts connected in Lexington that the Kentucky people have reason to believe that Dykes is heading to NC State. Again, it is more anecdotal than concrete information; but, it is a data point worthy of introduction.

If you have some time you can take a look at every offensive play that Louisiana Tech ran in a 57-59 overtime loss to Texas A&M’s on October 13th of this season.

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60 Responses to Report: Sonny Dykes to ‘interview’ for NC State job on Wednesday morning

  1. Hamlet 11/27/2012 at 11:29 PM #

    I suppose I could be proven wrong in the future (well, absolutely I could), but if this indeed is the hire, I am doubtful of his ultimate success here. Recruiting woes and poor defense, in addition to the fact that Dykes had a senior QB and WR leading the charge this season, leaves me wanting to see more.

    But, in the end, I do think that an offensive mastermind is what we should be looking at. But we better surround him with some really good assistants to recruit and coach, especially on the defensive side of the ball, and hopefully hang on to Tenuta for a while.

  2. brody191 11/27/2012 at 11:43 PM #

    Tech Fan/Grad here.

    Make all the comments you want about Dykes. We’ll be happy if he chooses to stay and if he leaves we’ll just replace him with another rising star that an AQ team will hire in another three years.

    But to say Tech is not a football destination is an understatement is a low blow.

    La Tech: 3
    NC State: 0

    We put our fair share of players in the NFL. Not as many as NC State but that should be a given considering your in the mighty ACC.

    I don’t even know why you would like to still acknowledge that Russell Wilson even played at NC State. He left your program and rose to a whole new level at Wisconsin.

    We have a great school, in a great location, but you know what its like to play second fiddle to UNC and Duke. LSU owns the state of Louisiana and that will NEVER change. We are in the heart of Big 12 and SEC territory. Kids around these parts will go to LSU, OU, ATM, UT, AR, OSU with just a hope of being able to play one day where if they came to Tech they could realistically start their Soph year.

    Its the world Tech lives in. We do good and some AQ school takes our coach. Its hard to build a legitimate mid major program and get your alumni on board when your having to find a new coach every three years. I’m sure if Sonny were to stay around we could easily get him close to the $1.5 range with another year of two of winning season, but you can’t do it unless the coach is committed to the program and you AQ schools actually groomed your own coaches or plucked a OC/DC from another AQ school.

  3. Alpha Wolf 11/28/2012 at 2:30 AM #

    Tell me, what kind of class rankings do you expect the guy who heads of La. Tech’s programs to have?

    Dykes is a good coach, is well thought of and is definitely a star on the rise. He has done pretty well with what he had to work with, and if his past accomplishments are any indication of future performance then we’re going to be okay. Especially if we give Jon Tenuta a bigger role in running the defense.

  4. Packfan28 11/28/2012 at 6:19 AM #

    What kind of class rankings would I expect? Better than University of Louisiana at Monroe maybe?

  5. Wulfpack 11/28/2012 at 6:48 AM #

    The recruiting at LA Tech is definitely questionable. He should be doing better than a lot of those teams. I will be listening to his and DY’s comments closely.

    As for the spread, it is what it is. Look at what Clemson and UNC are doing. If we put up 50 a game you will get no complaints out of me.

  6. lawful 11/28/2012 at 6:53 AM #

    Boy, we are the lunatic fringe. We haven’t even (technically) interviewed the guy and we’re freakin out about everything.

    Does anyone look at the glass half full? Didn’t I hear that he cracked the top 25 with a class rated 121? Besides, didn’t Yow do a pretty good job with her last major hire?

    Don’t like the spread offense? Where do you think potential NFLers want to play? GT?

    As others have said, we don’t need Amato head cases that are football studs. So, we’re concerned about weak recruiting and we’re concerned about studs that act like idiots. Yep, we’re the lunatic fringe….but keep the comments coming. They make for a good read 🙂

  7. 66pack 11/28/2012 at 7:07 AM #

    lawful,I agree.

  8. albunde6 11/28/2012 at 7:30 AM #

    CTC had an important quality. Graduated from State and had worked in Florida for 10 plus years. I my opinion need to have ties to NC, SC GA or Florida. Being big in Texas will not get you a thing in NC.

    He has been at Kentucky, Texas Tech ans Arizona. You can all let me have it if and when he wins our division and is ACC champ, but until then I am not convinced he is right guy. Sorry DY, this is not a home run hire!

  9. Wulfpack 11/28/2012 at 7:33 AM #

    Listening to some talk radio this morning. Seems that most see it as a good hire, but not great. Recruiting and defense are the two criticisms.

  10. albunde6 11/28/2012 at 7:42 AM #

    What made CTC a successful recruiter was time in the trenches. You have to build trust with high school coaches. If they could not trust TOB, how will Dykes win them over?

  11. Old MacDonald 11/28/2012 at 7:47 AM #

    CTC was a successful recruiter? In February maybe. I did not see it on the field. He put us in a huge talent hole.

  12. JasonP 11/28/2012 at 7:52 AM #

    Great choice posting that video. Thank you!

    Instead of focusing on the negatives about their 1st half, look at the adjustments made in the 2nd. They were getting blown out and came back to make it a game – with players that were outmatched from the get go vs A&M.

    Yes, the overabundance of bubble screens can be aggravating and Mazzone-esque – but the play calling and actual in-game adjustments (full back carries too!) make up for it. Excited about the potential with this hire, if Dykes is indeed our guy!

  13. moose8865 11/28/2012 at 7:55 AM #
  14. mak4dpak 11/28/2012 at 7:56 AM #

    I am excited about the new coach, and really can’t believe the criticism already surfacing, when the man hasn’t even coached a game for us yet. I will withold any criticisms of the man until next year when we have played some games, and then only if he needs criticism. Give the man a chance! Be happy!

  15. eas 11/28/2012 at 7:59 AM #

    I think he would certainly bring some fun with that offense. I just think it is strange that we lacked in two main areas (well a few more as well) recruiting and defense. Yet those are his weak spots?

    I am excited not negative but that just seems strange.

  16. Pack Mentality 11/28/2012 at 8:03 AM #

    Why do people expect anyone to bring in top recruiting classes at La Tech? That has nothing to do with his recruiting ability at State. He is known as a good recruiter. If we’re making those direct comparisons, then let’s don’t stop there. He won his conference, which we couldn’t do.

  17. albunde6 11/28/2012 at 8:09 AM #

    I am like any stock holder. If I don’t understand the decision of management, then I get to ask questions.

    Was there no one available with ties to the ACC, NC, GA and or Florida?

    What key starters on this years offense were his recruits?

    Management set the criteria, recruiter, past experience, ncaa compliance, etc.

  18. sundropdrinker13 11/28/2012 at 8:21 AM #

    Mike MacIntyre is available. He is the HC at San Jose State and went 10-2 this year, after building the program from nothing basically. He is from the Southeast, and was even DC at Duke for 2 years and won a FBS Assistant coach of the Year award while there. He is personally my pick for the job, but I don’t get a say.

  19. Wulfpack 11/28/2012 at 8:28 AM #

    Regarding recruiting, the point is his numbers were not even all that competitive with his peers. Of course, the results on the field speak for themself. I am excited about the hire. Ready for Sonny ball.

  20. albunde6 11/28/2012 at 8:29 AM #

    MacIntyre, born in FL, college Vanderbilt, and GA Tech, Coach at Duke, graduate degree UGA. Why wouldn’t this coach be on the DY radar? I give up!

  21. sundropdrinker13 11/28/2012 at 8:40 AM #

    As for Sonny Dykes recruiting, the reason that they are tied with 121st right now is that they have just 4 recruits. Last year’s class actually had 3 3-star recruits, which is about what they have been averaging. Expecting to get much more than that is like expecting State to get 4 5-stars and 8 4-stars a year.

    ETA- Rivals shows a different picture: ranked 90th with 9 recruits.

  22. packbackr04 11/28/2012 at 8:54 AM #

    I have a question with all this talk of recruiting rankings… did alot of his talent come from JUCOs? if so, those dont show up in recruiting rankings do they?

  23. gumby 11/28/2012 at 8:58 AM #

    LaTech 121 out of 125 in recruiting – is that really surprising? Wasn’t that the school that Bobby Boudreaux played for in The Waterboy?

  24. 61Packer 11/28/2012 at 9:16 AM #

    If Dykes comes to State, he may not win an ACC title, but he just might win a Big East title.

  25. albunde6 11/28/2012 at 9:32 AM #

    Thanks 61, I needed a laugh!

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