Given what happened last year, one might have expected a somewhat tense, maybe a bit uneasy post game exchange between California Head Coach Sonny Dykes and Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald today. When NU beat Cal 44-30 in the 2013 season opener, Dykes accused NU of faking injuries, in order to stall time and slow down the fast paced Bear Raid offense.
Fitz, responded to those comments as any one of us would, had someone questioned our professional integrity. He wasn’t happy about the flopping accusation.
Today, was a very different story though.
The two coaches hugged it out at the end of this one, and I asked Dykes afterward what he said to Pat Fitzgerald after the game.
“I just old him good luck, stay healthy. I got a lot of respect for Pat. I like the way he runs his program,” Dykes said.
“I think Northwestern is lucky to have him, and he’s lucky to have Northwestern. It’s a great marriage, and a great fit.”
Fitz said he saw Dykes at a coaching convention this offseason: “It ...