Cal football: Sonny Dykes’ new contract includes $25K bonus for winning the Big Game

Cal football coach Sonny Dykes’ new contract calls for him to earn $2.65 million in 2016, with raises each year through 2019.

Details of the deal, released Wednesday by the university, also include a $25,000 bonus for beating Stanford, which Dykes has yet to achieve in three seasons. Cal has lost the Big Game the past six seasons.

Dykes received the extension after guiding the Bears to an 8-5 record, including a victory in the Armed Forces Bowl a bowl last season, then considering options elsewhere. He interviewed at Missouri and was mentioned in connection with a couple other jobs.

Dykes will receive an annual base salary of $350,000 plus a talent fee, which covers personal appearances and media commitments and is not paid by taxpayer money.

Including the talent fee, his total salary will be $2.725 million in 2017, $2.8 million in 2018 and $2.87 million in 2019. He also will collect a one-time $250,000 signing bonus.

He would earn bonuses of $50,000 each for winning either Pac-12 or national coach of the year honors. A Rose Bowl appearance would be worth $75,000 and a spot in the four-team College Football Championship would net him a $100,000 payout.

Dykes’ contract also includes bonuses for the Bears’ academic performance, including a maximum of $60,000 if the team achieves at least a 3.0 grade-point average, up to $100,000 for an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 1,000 or more, and as much as $40,000 for a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 90 percent or more.

Dykes has a three-year record of 14-23 at Cal.

New offensive coordinator Jake Spavital has signed a two-year contract with an annual base salary of $225,000 and talent fees that boost his total compensation to $385,000 in 2016 and $500,000 in 2017.

Tony Franklin, who served three seasons as Cal’s offensive coordinator before departing for East Tennessee State, was paid $507,000 last season.


Football: Sonny Dykes never doubted he’d be back at Cal

Colleague Carl Steward pinch-hit for me today as Cal resumed practice in preparation for the Armed Forces Bowl. Here is his story:


After more than a month of tension over Sonny Dykes’ coaching future, things were back to normal with the Cal football program Friday, one day after Dykes signed a two-year extension that will take him through the 2019 season.

Dykes met with the media for the first time in almost two weeks after the Golden Bears’ practice in preparation for their Dec. 29 game with Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl. His contract extension calls for an average of $2,825,000 per year over the next four seasons, an $825,000 per year increase over the $2 million a year he was making before.

“I’m excited about being here in the future and what we’re building and where this thing is headed,” Dykes said. “It’s good to get that behind me and move forward. I’m always uncomfortable about these things, because this is always about the players, and I don’t ever want to do anything that’s going to take anything away from those guys. So I’m glad to have it over with, and I’m ready to move on.”

Even though negotiations dragged on for more than a month, Dykes said he never doubted that he would remain at Cal, something he maintained he always wanted to do.

“It was going to get done,” he said. “It was just a matter of working through some things.”

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On the football front, Dykes said he expects key players who were injured at the end of the season to be ready for the bowl game. Running back Daniel Lasco (ankle) is already participating in some aspects of practice. “Quite a bit,” Dykes said. “He’s doing more and more all the time. He’s not 100 percent, but he’s better than he has been in a long time.”

The coach added that safety Damariay Drew (knee) is working out in noncontact drills and “we anticipate him playing and being full speed for the bowl game.”


Football: How Dykes’ deal compares in Pac-12

How Cal coach Sonny Dykes’ new deal stacks up with those of his public university counterparts in the Pac-12:

Chris Petersen, Washington: $3.4 million
Jim Mora, UCLA: $3.35 million
Rich Rodriguez, Arizona: $3.23 million
Mark Helfrich, Oregon: $3.15 million
Todd Graham, Arizona State: $3.0 million
Sonny Dykes, Cal: $2.825 million
Mike Leach, Washington State: $2.75 million
Kyle Whittingham, Utah: $2.6 million
Gary Andersen, Oregon State: $2.45 million
Mike MacIntyre, Colorado: $2.010 million

* Salaries of other coaches are from 2015, according to USA Today. Dykes’ salary figure represents an average over four seasons through 2019. Not included are private schools Stanford and USC, which are not required to release salary figures.


Football: Sonny Dykes’ new Cal deal includes $2.825 million average paycheck for next 4 seasons

Cal football coach Sonny Dykes has received a two-year contract extension that will boost him to near the middle-of-the-pack on the pay scale for Pac-12 coaches.

The school announced Thursday that Dykes’ extension will run through the 2019 season, with an average salary of $2,825,000 over a four-year period that begins in 2016. That’s a boost of $825,000 per year from the $2 million he made this year.

Dykes new deal makes him the sixth-highest paid football coach among the Pac-12 coaches at the conference’s 10 public schools. Stanford and USC are private universities and aren’t required to release the salaries of their coaches.

The agreement also calls for a $3 million salary pool for Dykes’ assistants, an increase from $2.506 million this season. The Cal staff’s previous salary total ranked second-to-last among the league’s 10 public universities, according to USA Today, but now will climb to sixth among those 10.

“The terms of this extension demonstrate clearly the commitment from everyone involved to build a championship program and keep us moving in the right direction,” Dykes said in a statement.

Dykes and Cal will need to use some of that salary pool hold onto offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, who was interviewing with Texas on Thursday, according to multiple published reports. Franklin earned $507,000 in 2015, compared to $800,000 for Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford.

UPDATE: Texas is expected to hire Tulsa’s Sterlin Gilbert as its new offensive coordinator on Friday.

The contract also includes a one-year rollover clause for each year he wins seven regular-season games and the team achieves an annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 980 or higher.

“Over the past three years, Sonny Dykes has demonstrated his commitment to academic as well as athletic excellence,” Cal Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks said in a statement. “Under his stewardship we will continue to build a successful football program that expresses in every way the high standards of the leading public university in the world.”

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Football: Official announcement on new Sonny Dykes deal due Thursday morning

Sonny Dykes, who guided Cal’s football team to its first winning record and bowl bid in four seasons, has agreed to a contract extension expected to run through the 2019 season, according to reports.

Details of the deal, which has been in the works for weeks, will be announced Thursday.

ESPN.com reported Wednesday that Dykes and Cal had agreed in principle to the extension. A source told this newspaper, “It’s not done but it’s close.”

Negotiations are believed to have included talks to provide a pay raise for Dykes, whose annual salary of $2 million is lowest in the Pac-12, and increases for his assistant coaches.

Dykes is completing the third year of his original five-year deal through 2017.

The road to this point has not been easy. Dykes, 46, interviewed last week with Missouri and also was linked to vacancies at Virginia and South Carolina, although it appears he never had formal talks with either.

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Football: Sonny Dykes has agreed to new deal, per source

Cal football coach Sonny Dykes has agreed in principle to a contract extension, according to a report by ESPN.com. A source at Cal told this newspaper, “It’s not done but it’s close.”

An announcement is expected Thursday.

Dykes is completing the third season of his original five-year deal that pays him $2 million per year.

No details were available on the new deal, according to ESPN, but other reports indicate Dykes will get a two-year extension, taking him through the 2019 season.

The lowest-paid coach in the Pac-12, Dykes was seeking a bump in pay and increases for his staff of assistants, whose pay ranks ninth among the 10 public schools in the conference, according to USA Today.

Dykes us 13-23 in three seasons at Cal, including a 7-5 record this fall that earned the Bears a spot in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29 against Air Force. It’s Cal’s first winning season and first bowl bid since 2011.


Football: Time for Cal and Sonny Dykes to mend fences and get a new contract signed


Cal coach Sonny Dykes and his boss were expected back in the Bay Area on Wednesday after a couple days at college football events in New York City.

Did they bring home a new contract that Dykes is ready to sign? According to a source at Cal, the deal is not done but it’s close and could be announced Thursday.

Will they be ready to turn the page on a chapter that has been awkward even by Berkeley standards?

The bottom line: This will get done and Dykes will be Cal’s coach in 2016. But at what cost?

There has been little in the way of celebration for the program’s first winning season and bowl bid in four years. Instead, Dykes and athletic director Michael Williams continued their silent dance around contract negotiations that have dragged on for months.

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Football: AD says talks ongoing with Sonny Dykes

On the day his Cal football team accepted an invitation to play in the Armed Forces Bowl, coach Sonny Dykes was unavailable to talk with reporters about his future with the Bears.

Cal athletic director Michael Williams, speaking on a conference call organized by the bowl game, addressed the situation briefly, then declined to take questions after a week of chatter about his coach exploring job vacancies elsewhere.

“We are still in the process of negotiating an extension with Coach Dykes. He is our football coach, and we expect him to be our coach going forward,” Williams said.

Williams said there is no timetable to complete the negotiations and that Dykes was unavailable because he was traveling Sunday to New York City for a National Football Foundation event.

Dykes, who has two years left on his original five-year deal with Cal, is seeking an extension and pay increase. He interviewed last Tuesday with Missouri and also was linked to jobs at Virginia and South Carolina. All three schools have since filled their coaching vacancies.

Cal players who talked with reporters on a separate conference call did their best to redirect the conversation to the Armed Forces Bowl.

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Football: No news from Cal on Sonny Dykes contract

There was no change in Cal’s contract negotiations with football coach Sonny Dykes, whose Golden Bears will learn their bowl destination on Sunday morning.

Dykes, who is completing the third season of his original five-year contract, has an offer on the table from Cal but has not signed it.

He interviewed Tuesday with Missouri, which has since promoted defensive coordinator Barry Odom. Dykes also was linked this week with jobs at Virginia and South Carolina. Virginia hired BYU’s Bronco Mendenhall and South Carolina seems focused on other candidates.

A Cal spokesman said there would be no announcement Saturday.


Football: Dykes’ options dwindle as Virginia goes elsewhere


A week of intrigue continued Friday with Cal football coach Sonny Dykes still unsigned to a contract extension, but running out of options to go elsewhere.

His attempt at coaching free agency, at least so far, has not netted a big payday and a new address.

Dykes, who interviewed with Missouri on Tuesday and reportedly had interest in openings at Virginia and South Carolina, appears to be back at Square One, deciding whether to sign an offer that Cal put on the table weeks ago.

Dykes has two years left on his original five-year deal. At $2 million per season, he is the Pac-12’s lowest-paid coach.

Cal athletics released this statement Friday evening: “We are still in the process of negotiating an extension with Coach Dykes. He is our head football coach and we want him to continue on in this capacity.”

With the Bears scheduled to learn their bowl destination on Sunday, Dykes would seem to have two options at this point:

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