Yes I know signing day was last month and the 2014 class has yet to take shape, but for the Cal Bears they will take all the help they can get especially after coming off of a disappointing 3-9 season which ultimately led to the firing of longtime coach Jeff Tedford. Sonny Dykes was brought in from from Louisiana Tech where in 3 seasons he led the Bulldogs to a 22-15 record and their first WAC title since 2001. That needed help came in the presence of former Berkeley Alum and current Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch who came back to campus for a spring practice as a favor for Director of Player Personnel Kevin Parker. While donning the same number 10 that made him one of the top backs in college football from ’04-’06, even though the defensive players were instructed not to tackle him (I doubt anyone would have wanted to take that call from Pete Carroll & the Seahawks if something happened to him.) It was good for Cal to get one of their most decorated former players back on campus, if nothing more to liven up the spring practice and be a nice kick-off to the Dykes regime which could be exciting if can get players who had anywhere close to teh production Lynch had while he was on campus. It will be difficult replacing the guy who guided the team to 5 bowl wins, 50 conference wins, and the most games coached with 139, Dykes brings a freshness that many close to the program felt had become stale and stagnant, and even with the newness, having and open door policy for former players like Lynch shows that Dykes understands the importance of integrating the old with the new.