When it comes to taking the ‘cal’ out of sports, Cal sports fans need to know their history

A former Cal athletic department employee told Politico in an interview published Wednesday that he would be “horrified” if Cal football coach Sonny Dykes was to be fired after his contract expired.

The former employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, told Politico that Dykes should be given the benefit of the doubt because he has been through the same issues in his coaching career.

Dykes, who has been at Cal since 2008, took over for the fired Sonny Dyckys in November 2016 and won his third national championship in three years.

In addition to winning the 2017 Rose Bowl, Dykes guided the Trojans to a second straight Rose Bowl title and a berth in the College Football Playoff.

The current Cal coach has won three straight Pac-12 titles and three of the last four national championships.

Cal sports and academics have been in turmoil under Dykes for months.

The school’s sports and administration have been plagued by scandals including sexual assault allegations against former football coach David Shaw, who was fired after he admitted to sexually assaulting students.

The university also faces numerous investigations into its handling of sexual assault cases involving students.

Dyckes has been accused of sexually harassing at least three women, including a former student who said she was sexually assaulted in January.

The latest allegations against Dyckas came just hours after he was suspended by the NCAA after being indicted on charges of sexual misconduct.