Cal football coach Sonny Dykes called the hiring of his latest two defensive coaches "a make-it or break-it deal" for the future of his regime but stopped short of confirming movement on his staff is done.

Still left to sort out are position assignments, which Dykes expects to announce within two weeks.

He was less definitive about the future of Andy Buh, demoted last month from defensive coordinator after the Bears' 1-11 season. Two weeks ago, Dykes hired Art Kaufman to handle that assignment. Asked whether he expects Buh will be on the staff by next fall, Dykes said, "We'll see. I don't know."

On the day after national signing day, Dykes introduced Kaufman and new defensive backs coach Greg Burns to the Bay Area media.

Also, defensive end Brennan Scarlett (hand), who missed all of last season, is cleared for spring ball.

  • Former Cal defensive lineman Deandre Coleman, linebacker Khairi Fortt and receiver-tight end Richard Rodgers received invites to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 19-25.

  • San Jose State added two more to its signing class -- Castlemont High twins Jordan and Jonathan Whittley. Jordan is a 6-foot-2, 225-pound running back, and Jonathan is a 6-2, 210-pound receiver/safety. They bump the Spartans' signing class up to 22 players.

  • Kayla Bonstrom had a homer and had two RBIs, leading the No. 22 Stanford softball team (1-0) to a 9-1 five-inning rout over North Carolina State at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. No. 24 Cal opens Friday against New Mexico.


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  • Stanford was picked to finish in sixth in the Pac-12 and Cal seventh by the coaches. The top three were Oregon State, Oregon and defending national champion UCLA. Stanford opens at home against Rice on Feb. 14. Cal host Texas on Feb. 14.

    NFL

    The Raiders finalized Dennis Allen's staff by hiring former NFL kicker Chris Boniol as an assistant special teams coach and Vernon Stephens as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

    Baseball

    Former Stanford and Giants outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds was hired by the Major League Baseball Players Association as special assistant for player program development.

    Staff writer Jimmy Durkin, the Associated Press and wire services contributed to this report.