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NCSU-Dykes marriage rumors heating up

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Thanks to a stellar, relatively speaking, three years at Louisiana Tech, Sonny Dykes has become one of the hottest commodities on the collegiate coaching market.  From Arkansas to Kentucky to several points in between, there’s a very good chance that, if there’s an opening, the son of Spike is being mentioned.

For all the talk, though, there’s been precious little meat attached when it comes to Dykes and a move to a “bigger” job.  Until now.

As first reported by the Monroe News-Star, Dykes will interview for the North Carolina State vacancy Wednesday morning.  Sunday, the Wolfpack announced that it had dismissed Tom O’Brien after six years at the school and following a 7-5 season that included a win over Florida State.

Tech officials have been silent on the News-Star’s report, with athletic director Bruce Van De Velde telling the paper prior to the NCSU interview development that “as far we know, no decision has been made yet.”

Whether that means no decision has been made on an actual move or merely an interview is unclear.

In his three seasons at LaTech, Dykes has compiled a 22-15 record.  Through five games in 2012, the then-unbeaten Bulldogs rose to No. 24 in the rankings before their loss to Texas A&M.  Tech rebounded from that loss to move back to No. 19 before a pair of losses in the last two games — in overtime to 10-win Utah State and by nine to 10-win San Jose State on the road — knocked the Bulldogs out of the rankings entirely.

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9 Responses to “NCSU-Dykes marriage rumors heating up”
  1. woebegong says: Nov 28, 2012 7:52 AM

    If he really wants to obtain coaching stature, an SEC school would be a better choice. The ACC is a much smaller conference than the SEC as far as importance in the NCAA is football wise, and he will be better paid, have a better recruiting time, and if he were to guide an SEC team to a good record, a lot more prestige. If you are going to be rebuilding a program, you might as well get the bigger paycheck while doing it.

  2. norcalirish says: Nov 28, 2012 8:37 AM

    Everybody is irrelevant.

  3. epie3 says: Nov 28, 2012 8:43 AM

    It is true that SEC is a much better conference than the ACC. But it is also true that it is tougher to compete in the SEC. Dykes can go to NCSU and compete for a conference championship in a short period of time. Competing with Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Florida, Texas A-M and South Carolina is a much tougher challenge than competing against FSU and Clemson. And if Dykes has success at NCSU he can patiently wait for one of the jobs at the top of the SEC to come open instead of trying to rebuild an SEC bottom feeder.

  4. John Taylor says: Nov 28, 2012 8:44 AM

    @norcalirish: buh-bye, spammer.

  5. woebegong says: Nov 28, 2012 8:51 AM

    Usually, the SEC coaching vacancies are caused by poor performance, so it is hard to say when one of the jobs might open up again in the future. Most coaching changes are usually made anyway, because the former coach didn’t have his team perform well in most cases, so I would still rather go to an SEC team, if I were a coach and in demand.

  6. triangletossed says: Nov 28, 2012 9:02 AM

    I’m Hearing John “DOC” Holliday

  7. epie3 says: Nov 28, 2012 9:14 AM

    Haven’t heard that one triangletossed. NCSU ties. Has he had enough success at Marshall to warrant being hired at NCSU? I think his record at Marshall is below .500.

  8. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 28, 2012 12:39 PM

    Perfect fit.

    Dykes is not SEC’able right now, Dooley made sure of that. But he can win at State, they’ve got the best fans in the ACC and deserve a winner.

  9. epie3 says: Nov 28, 2012 11:16 PM

    NCSU also interviewed Clemson OC Chad Morris today.

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