UPDATE 8:35 AM, DEC. 2: Cal safeties coach Greg Burns says Dykes is with him, recruiting in Los Angeles, and quarterback signee Max Gilliam told me last night that Dykes was at his in-home visit Monday night.
California head coach Sonny Dykes has called Cal his "dream job," but according to a report by Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde, the third-year Bears coach has interviewed for the Missouri job with athletic director Mack Rhoades, in Denver.
Rhoades is the former athletic director for Houston, which actively courted Dykes last offseason, following a 5-7 finish in Berkeley, missing out on a bowl game with a loss to BYU at home.
The Missouri job became vacant when 63-year old head coach Gary Pinkel retired. He is battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Pinkel made $3,768,889 this season.
Cal has made assurances that it is negotiating with Dykes on a contract extension.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1612475-contract-extension... "We have exchanged terms," with Dykes's camp, Cal Athletics spokesman Wes Mallette says. "We're just awaiting a response."
Dykes is currently making $2 million per year -- the lowest in the Pac-12 -- and his staff made $2,081,600 last year, according to USA TODAY. That total made Cal 51st in the nation in assistant staff pay, behind UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Arizona State, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Oregon State and Washington State. Those figures do not include private schools such as Stanford and USC, which are not subject to the same reporting laws as public institutions.
Sources have said assistant salary is a bone of contention between Dykes and the administration. Like UCLA, all of Cal's coaching contracts have to be approved by the Regents of the University of California.
Dykes has led an academic turnaround at Cal, which ranked last in the Pac-12 in Graduation Success Rate and Academic Progress Rate at the time of Jeff Tedford's departure. By 2017, academics will play an even larger role in recruiting, as Cal will require 80 percent of all recruits on each team to have a 3.0 high school GPA.
Dykes has gone 13-23 in his three seasons at Cal, raising the win totals from 1 to 5 to 7, but is 0-12 against Stanford, UCLA, USC and Oregon.
Cal is in the final year of paying Tedford his buyout, which was set at $5.5 million over the past three years. From what sources have said, it's likely that the backlash from that buyout affected Dykes's initial contract.
If Dykes leaves before Dec. 31, he must pay the university $2 million.