Sonny Dykes rips Pac-12 schedule: 'How could somebody let this happen?'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday October 26, 2016
Since last Friday’s double-OT win over Oregon ended, Cal head coach Sonny Dykes has been bashing the Pac-12 schedule, which has Cal playing at USC this Thursday with USC coming off a bye.
“We have a game in six days, which is crazy. Absolutely nuts that we have to go to USC in six days and play a team that's had 13 days off to prepare for us,” Dykes said after the game. “It absolutely makes no sense. Utah had an extra day to prepare for us. Arizona State had an extra day to prepare for us. Oregon had an open date before the game like we did, and now USC has an extra week. I don’t think there’s a lot of equity in scheduling. I didn’t make the schedule. I’m not happy about it.”
Cal ran an FBS-record 118 plays in the Oregon game. As Dykes put it, that’s almost like two games. Of course, no one is requiring the Bears to play that fast.
Dykes is mostly upset about the academic side. The Bears had mid-terms last week and have more this week. Some players had to give academic presentations on the day of last week’s game. This week, they practiced Sunday and Monday, even though Monday is normally a day off and an academic day.
“The schedule has just been a disaster. It’s been a mess,” Dykes said on the Pac-12 teleconference. “It’s been incredibly hard on our kids from an academic standpoint. … That’s been the biggest thing: trying to find a time to practice. We much less concern ourselves going to SC and trying to play in the Coliseum. It’s just been, ‘When can we get our football team together to have practice?’”
Thursday games are nothing new. There are 32 Thursday games this season. But Jim Mora blasted the Pac-12 schedule last year for having back-to-back Thursday games around mid-terms. With Cal going Friday-Thursday, Dykes is feeling the same thing.
“It’s one of those deals where you go, ‘How in the world could this ever happen? How could somebody let this happen?’” Dykes said Tuesday. “But it doesn’t change our preparation. Our guys are excited and looking forward to it. They’re excited to play, and we’re going to put our best foot forward.”
The Bears and Trojans kick off tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.