When not editing the weekly issues of “Vaught’s Vixens”, Larry Vaught takes time to assess the Kentucky Football coaching situation. He recently wrote an in-depth article characterizing why LA Tech’s head coach Sonny Dykes would be a great fit as the next coach at Kentucky. I encourage you to give the entire article a read, but here are the main points from Vaught concerning Dykes:
–He knows Kentucky football.â€ˆHe was a graduate assistant at UKâ€ˆunder Hal Mumme in 1997 when the Cats beat Alabama and came back in 1999 to coach receivers and special teams. The Cats beat No. 20 Arkansas and went to the Music City Bowl. He coached James Whalen, Quentin McCord, Derek Smith and Brad Pyatt, all future NFL signees.
– He has recruiting ties to Texas. He grew up in Texas and his father, Spike Dykes, was the head coach at Texas Tech. In 2000, Dykes joined from UK assistant coach Mike Leach’s staff at Texas Tech. He coached wide receivers for five years and then was promoted to offensive coordinator. In Dykes’ second season as co-offensive coordinator, Texas Tech ranked third in passing with 370 passing yards per game and sixth in total offense averaging nearly 450 total yards per game. That season Dykes directed an offense that scored 32 points per game, and two receivers ranked top three in the nation in receptions per game and a third receiver ranked in the top 20.
– He’s relatively young at age 43. He can relate to players and that also means he has a burning desire to win and continue to see his coaching career escalate. Every move he’s made – he went from Texas Tech to Arizona as offensive coordinator and then to Louisiana Tech as head coach in 2010 – has been an upward move and he’s continued to have more success at each stop.
– He does value defense. This year his defense is not that good, but it has been decimated by injuries to players he expected to have starting. Last year his team led the conference in defense. And his father valued defense at Texas Tech. Dykes loves a productive, entertaining offense, but he wants a defense that can get off the field, too.
You want him, BBN?