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Arizona OC Dykes takes top job at La. Tech

The recent success of Arizona's football program comes with a downside: Key components are moving on.

Offensive Coordinator Sonny Dykes is the most recent, leaving to take the head coaching position at Louisiana Tech. This follows Mark Stoops  being  named defensive coordinator at Florida State and tight end Rob Gronkowski entering the NFL draft.

Despite getting shut out in a 33-0 smackdown by Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, the Bulldogs decided Dykes was the man to lead their program.

"It's my opinion that we couldn't have selected a better man for the job,"  President Dan Reneau at a press conference yesterday announcing Dykes' hiring, according to La. Tech's website.

The Shreveport Times reported that Dykes met with the team on Wednesday  and impressed quarterback Ross Jenkins and defensive back Tank Calais.

"As a quarterback you always want to throw the ball more, so I'm excited,"  Jenkins said. He will be adjusting to his third head coach since arriving in Ruston. "Coach Dykes has an impressive resume and he's had success every where he's been. We're ready to go to work for him."

Dykes has coached in bowl games for the past 10 seasons. The past two at Arizona, seven with Texas Tech and one with Kentucky.

Dykes leaves the UA after three seasons, marked by considerable offensive consistency and a spread attack, helping quarterback Willie Tuitama set several team passing records.

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