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Football: Dykes’ deal at $1.94 million per year

By Jeff Faraudo
Friday, March 1st, 2013 at 4:01 pm in Football.

Cal revealed Friday that new football coach Sonny Dykes’ five-year contract is valued at $9.7 million, or an average of $1.94 million per season.

The terms also include several on-field and academic performance bonuses that are contingent on the Cal football team achieving a minimum Academic Progress Rate (APR) score.

“Sonny Dykes is the right person to lead our football program, and I’m pleased to say that we have concluded this process, so we can focus on `winning everywhere’ in our football program,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement.

The financial support for Dykes’ contract is provided by Cal athletic department self-generated revenue. The deal includes an annual $250,000 base salary, and additional talent fees, which are customary.

Dykes was hired Dec. 5 to replace Jeff Tedford, fired after 11 seasons. Tedford, the winningest football coach in Cal history, earned $2.3 million per season, but agreed to a buyout on the final three years of his contract totaling $5.55 million.

Dykes came to Cal from Louisiana Tech, where last season his team led the nation in scoring and total offense. He earned slightly more than $700,000 with the Bulldogs in 2012, according to ESPN.com.

His Cal deal, through the 2017 season, came with a one-time signing bonus of $594,000, which the contract stipulates was to be paid by Feb. 15. That bonus approximates the buyout he paid to leave his contract at Louisiana Tech.

Among the performance bonuses in the deal:

– During seasons 1 through 3, he can earn anywhere from an additional $25,000 to $45,000 if the Bears win seven through 11 games. The numbers change slightly in his final two seasons.

– Over that same three-year span, he would earn $60,000 if the Bears play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1959, or $50,000 for an appearance in any other BCS bowl.

– Also during seasons 1 through 3, Dykes would collect anywhere from $10,000 to $23,000 if his players’ combined grade-point average ranges from 2.70 to 3.0.

– He would earn those same bonuses if the team’s APR score ranges from 960 to 980. Last June, the NCAA announced Cal’s APR score had slipped to 936, second-worst among all-Pac-12 schools. As recently as 2009, Cal’s score was 970.

The contract includes buyout clauses for both Dykes and the university.

If he is fired for no cause before Dec. 31, 2013, he will be paid $3.75 million. That amount will be reduced by $750,000 each year through Dec. 31, 2016.

But if Dykes takes a job elsewhere before Dec. 31, 2013, he will be required to pay the university $3 million. That buyout figure also reduces with each passing year.

Cal has not announced salary figures for Dykes’ assistant coaches.

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  • rotfogel

    Dang, right off the bat more than Tedford…that’s a bit steep for a dude yet to do anything.

  • rotfogel

    Pressure is ON!

  • discdude

    That’s about mid-range of the market, maybe below the mid-point with the rapid increases across the board due to increased tv dollars. Didn’t UW just pay $1M for a coordinator? It’s hard to compare with Tedford’s initial salary in 2003, the market was much different. I don’t know how you would expect to hire anyone other than a very green, up-and-coming, coordinator for less than $1M. I personally feel more secure in hiring a guy who’s from a coaching family and has been coaching 20 years.

  • rob bear

    Make us proud Sonny Boy – make us proud. Win with EXTREME PREJUDICE!

  • BlakeStreetBear

    We will soon be asking them to give this guy a raise!

    Early o/u for ppg next season: 40
    That would have put us second this season in the pac12.

    Go Bears!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Safe to say Sandy pushed all-in on Dykes being the right hire.

    That’s a lot of cash for a HC that has not shown a penchant for defense.

    I’ll go back to trying not to harp on it after this post, but for you golfers, a flashy offense is like a long ball hitter, where solid defense is like chipping and putting. You most likely know the saying, “You drive for show; you putt for dough.”

    Let’s hope Dykes isn’t John Daly.

  • Kotempman

    Wisdom…using the golf analogy…Even John Daly won two majors ( PGA and British Open) so that would be equivalent to two National Championships in 15 or so years,,,,hmmmmm…I’ll take it!!!!!!!!! Go Bears!!!!!!

  • bigdruid

    SD should get a million dollar bonus for the Rose Bowl. I’d pitch in.

  • rob bear

    Sonny Boy is not John Daly. John Daly is not Sonny Boy. Golf is not football and thank God that football is not golf.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    You have much to learn, grasshopper (Rob Bear). It is a game of misses, which translates toward all endeavors.

    Kotempman, I’m afraid it would more accurately translate to winning some big games during the year, having short stretches of brilliance. To compare to a National Championship, a player would have to have the equivalent of an undefeated or 1 loss season before that big game.

  • Kotempman

    All I know at this point is Aug. 31st can’t come soon enough!!!!!

  • Oldcalfan

    Bigdruid: I agree he should be paid more than 60k for a Rose Bowl appearance. Maybe not a mil, but considerably more than the present contract states. No Rose Bowl in 53 years (and counting. That’s an embarrassment in itself.

  • Eric

    @Wisdom – check out Wilner’s article today (3/4) and you will see that Dykes’ contract puts him 9th in the Pac-12. In other words, Cal either got a tremendous bargain or paid correctly for an up and comer.

  • 707 Bear

    an average of $1.94 million per season…”tremendous bargain”….for coaching a sport that has little to do with the mission of the university

    The market economy is a strange, strange beast.

    God bless America.