Football: Dykes 2nd-highest paid per victory

Cal’s Sonny Dykes was the second-highest paid Football Bowl Subdivision coach per victory in the country this year.

Dykes, in his debut season, was paid $1.8 million to deliver just a single victory for the Golden Bears. Cal was 1-11 in 2013.

Only Purdue’s Darrell Hazell, who earned a little more than $2 million, was paid more per victory, according to a database assembled by USA Today. The Boilermakers also were 1-11.

Five FBS coaches earned more than $1 million per victory, also including Virginia’s Mike London ($1.09 million for each of two wins), Arkansas’s Bret Bielema ($1.07 milion for each of two wins) and Kentucky’s Mark Stoops (just over $1 million for each of two wins).

All but London among those five coaches were in their first season at their school.

The survey did not include private schools or others whose compensation figures were not available.

The most cost-effective coach in the country was Rod Carey, who earned $31,250 for each of Northern Illinois’ 12 victories.

Among Pac-12 coaches, no figures are available for Stanford’s David Shaw or former USC coach Lane Kiffin, both from private schools.

Here are the numbers for the rest of the Pac-12 coaches:

Mike MacIntyre, Colorado: $500,875 for each of four wins
Kyle Whittingham, Utah: $420,420 for each of five wins
Mike Leach, Washington State: $375,000 for each of six wins
Steve Sarkisian, Washington: $321,875 for each of eight wins
Rich Rodriguez, Arizona: $264,286 for each of seven wins
Jim Mora, UCLA: $255,556 for each of nine wins
Mike Riley, Oregon State: $236,307 for each of six wins
Todd Graham, Arizona State: $230,000 for each of 10 wins
Mark Helfrich, Oregon: $180,000 for each of 10 wins

Jeff Faraudo

  • KC

    Come on, Jeff, we all know last season went very poorly and Dykes is under intense pressure to show improvement (as he certainly should be), but not sure the purpose of this article…

  • Mr. B

    JF, sorry for cross-posting but Sonny Dykes needs to read this about CAL Rugby and its Coach, Jack Clark.


    Then Sonny needs to ensure all of his players read it. Twice. Then Sonny must invite Mr Clark to have a few words with the CAL Football “team” so these young men comprehend what a team is and (hopefully) begin performing like one.

  • David Swartz

    This article is inane. Faraudo keeps writing these articles for no apparent reason. We had the one last week that compared Dykes’ first season with other coaches’ first seasons. What’s the point? Everybody knows that Cal was terrible in 2013. We watched the games.

  • Woj

    Misleading article – Dykes was actually paid infinity $$$ for every FBS win he coached. Since his # of wins over FBS schools was ZERO/ZILCH/NADA that’s $1,800,000 / 0 or 2nd worst in the country. This guy is literally robbing the Cal bank purporting as its coach.

    Darn you Purdue – your lone squeaker win was over an FCS team too (Indiana St.) Same type of cupcake Cal beat by a TD.