With reports that California is close to an agreement on an extension for head football coach Sonny Dykes's contract (he has two years remaining, at $2 million per year), a Cal Athletics spokesman characterized the extension is "very close."
"We're just working through the details now," said Wes Mallette. "We are very close."
An extension was originally put on the table after Dykes's bowl-eligibility-clinching win over Oregon State, and Dykes was then linked to job openings at Missouri, Virginia and South Carolina early last week, following the Bears' win over Arizona State. Negotiations have been ongoing.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1620297-elephant-in-room-r... Standard procedure in the University of California system, when it comes to contracts of this size (which, sources say, is a raise that will put Dykes "in the middle" of the Pac-12 pecking order for salary, and is likely to be two or three years tacked on to his current contract), is that, once negotiated, they have to first go through the University of California Office of the President for approval, and then on to the Board of Regents of the University of California.
Based on my conversations on this topic with multiple sources, that this is where the contract is at this point. It is likely pending approval from the Office of the President, and then the Board of Regents. It's been reported that the extension has been agreed to, in principle, and given how these situations tend to play out, I would imagine that, at this stage, the only thing preventing the announcement of the deal is that the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics is waiting on the Board of Regents and the Office of the President.
Several sources have said that the announcement of the extension will be as soon as Thursday morning.
Dykes will lead the Bears into the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29, which will in all likelihood will be the final game for quarterback Jared Goff as a Golden Bear, as well as many of his top receivers, including seniors Stephen Anderson, Bryce Treggs, Maurice Harris, Trevor Davis and Darius Powe, as well as redshirt junior first-team All-Pac-12 receiver Kenny Lawler, and senior running back Daniel Lasco, who has accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game. The Bears will return four of five offensive line starters, and their three most productive tailbacks this season in Tre Watson, Vic Enwere and Khalfani Muhammad.
Dykes has improved the Bears' finish from 1-11 in his first campaign to 5-7 in 2014, and Cal is currently 7-5 headed into Fort Worth to face Air Force. He is also 0-12 against USC, UCLA, Stanford and Oregon.
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