A week or so after being forced to push one assistant off his Cal coaching staff, Sonny Dykes spoke publicly about the situation.
The Bears head coach acknowledged that he was “disappointed and surprised” after learning that Pierre Ingram was arrested April 16 and charged with solicitation of a lewd act in the midst of a prostitution sting. Eight days after his arrest, Ingram, who served as Cal’s wide receivers coach as well as the football program’s recruiting coordinator, was dismissed by Dykes.
Dykes stated that, in essence, he had no choice but to can his assistant, even as it was a hard situation to go through on both sides.
“It’s hard when somebody you know goes through a hard time in their life, especially somebody that you know well,” Dykes said.
“Obviously, it’s not anything you ever want to hear. I was disappointed and surprised. I think everybody was surprised that knew Pierre, but we had to move on.”
Ingram had spent the past two seasons as the Bears’ running backs coach before moving over to receivers this offseason.
As far as a replacement goes, Dykes stated that the search is ongoing but is headed in the right direction. There is no timeline for a hire.
Dykes added he’s unsure if the title of recruiting coordinator will go to the new assistant or to someone already on his staff.