Cal Announces it is Working on a Contract Extension for Head Football Coach Sonny Dykes

Cal has announced that it is working on a contract extension for Sonny Dykes after weeks of rumors swirling around the head coach.

As expected after Saturday's win over Oregon State, the Cal athletic department has announced that it is in contract talks with California football head coach Sonny Dykes on a contract extension.

"Sonny has my full confidence and it is our intention to keep him here," athletic director Mike Williams said in a statement. "Three years ago, he took over a program that was not in a good place and in need of significant turnaround and improvement in many areas. Since then, Sonny has done everything we have asked of him. He has turned around football’s academic performance and our student-athletes are doing quite well in the classroom at the world’s number three university. He has changed the culture within the program and it is where it needs to be. And the team’s performance on the field has improved significantly. We have gone from 1 to 5 to 6 wins (and counting) and are now bowl-eligible for the first time since 2011. Sonny is our guy and we plan on him being here."

There had been rumors that Dykes wanted out of the program, but before the Oregon game, the athletic department vehemently denied those rumors.

Now, an extension is being worked through, but it will take time. Dykes initially signed a five-year contract with Cal when he took over in December of 2012 for former head coach Jeff Tedford, a contract worth $9.7 million, or an average of $1.94 million per season, ending on Dec. 31, 2017. Dykes can earn a bonus of $25,000 if the Bears win seven games, and another $25,000 if they play in a bowl game. That said, Dykes's base salary is still the lowest in the Pac-12, among schools that release that information (private schools are not required to do so). If Dykes were to leave Cal before Dec. 31, he would owe the University $2 million. If he were to leave after that date, up until Dec. 31, 2016, the buyout would drop to $1 million.

Dykes has raised the multi-year Academic Progress Rate of the program from an all-time low 921 in 2009-10 and 923 in 2010-11 and 2011012 to 941 by this past May. Even better numbers are expected when the new single-year and multi-year APR numbers are released in May.

"Within the UC system, coaching contracts are a process and they require the approval of the president," WIlliams said. "We are engaged in that process now and cooperating with all parties involved as we move through it." Top Stories