BERKELEY, Calif. – After a day of confusion regarding the status of offensive line coach Jim Michalczik, a California spokesman confirmed Wednesday that Michalczik would not return next season, meaning that new head coach Sonny Dykes will not retain any assistants that worked under his predecessor Jeff Tedford.
Five coaches – Michalczik, quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, running backs coach Ron Gould, wide receivers coach Wes Chandler, and defensive backs coach Ashley Ambrose – were held over to handle the transition period between Tedford’s firing and the hiring of Dykes.
They were in charge of handling day-to-day operations of the football program during the 16-day coaching search, including recruiting. Not only were they able to keep Cal’s 13 verbal commitments in the fold, but added three-star running back Khalfani Muhammad without a head coach in place.
Ironically, Gould secured that commitment, in part because the long-time Cal assistant assured Muhammad that he would be returning under a third coaching regime.
“I know they don’t have a new head coach yet but I really like Coach Gould a lot, he has been there for 16 years and is one of the best in the business,” Muhammad told Fox Sports Next National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins.
“You spend more time with your position coach than your head coach and I have a great relationship with Coach Gould so I felt like this was the best fit for me.”
Gould recruited and developed a long-line of standout college and NFL running backs at Cal, including Marshawn Lynch, Jahvid Best, J.J. Arrington, and Shane Vereen, and became a fan favorite.
Michalczik’s offensive lines paved the way for much of that success during his nine years at Cal in two different stints under Tedford, first from 2002-08, then during the 2011-12 seasons, adding the title of offensive coordinator after his return.
Dykes has already added two assistants from his time at Louisiana Tech to join him at Cal, offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Rob Likens.
Dan Greenspan is the publisher of Cal Sports Digest and writes about the Pac-12 for Fox Sports Next. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.