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.