Report: Dykes to interview with NC State Wednesday
Posted November 27, 2012
Updated November 28, 2012
The News-Star, out of Monroe, Louisiana, is reporting that Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes will interview for the North Carolina State head football coaching job Wednesday morning.
A member on the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees said Tuesday that an emergency meeting called for Wednesday will be to discuss a “contract for future employment” and is linked to the university’s search for a football coach.
A public notice for the closed-session meeting stated that trustees would discuss, on a 4:30 p.m. conference call, "the amount of compensation and other material terms of an employment agreement.” No formal agenda for the meeting was given, but NC State Director of Athletics Debbie Yow said Sunday that she’d work quickly to replace Tom O’Brien, who was fired after six seasons and a 40-35 record.
Multiple sources indicated early Tuesday that Dykes is a primary target in the coaching search.
Dykes was hired by Louisiana Tech in 2010 and in three years, the Bulldogs have posted a 22-15 record. They won the WAC in 2011, and Dykes won the conference coach of the year award in the same season. This year, the Louisiana Tech offense averaged 51.5 points per game, the most in the nation.
Prior to Louisiana Tech, the 43-year-old Dykes was offensive coordinator at Arizona and Texas Tech where he worked with receivers and quarterbacks in spread passing systems.
In her press conference on Sunday, Yow said that she is looking for more enthusiasm and energy in a head coach and she believes the program can be a perennial Top-25 and should focus on in-state recruiting.
While O’Brien took the Wolfpack to four bowls in the last five seasons, he only managed to finish in the Top 25 once – No. 25 in 2010.
If Wednesday’s meeting is in fact to discuss a new football coach, it may follow a similar timetable to that of the recent coaching search at the University of North Carolina.
Last year, WRAL News reported that Larry Fedora agreed to a deal on Dec. 6. On Dec. 7, UNC called an emergency Board of Trustees meeting followed by a Board of Governors meeting on Dec. 8. The following day, on Dec. 9, Fedora was formally introduced.
The Board of Governors’ approval is generally required when there are contractual caveats that stray from the standard contract.
On Wednesday, only the University Affairs Committee is being called to meet. Six members of the board of trustees are on that committee and all board members have been invited to call in or attend the meeting.