Cal head coach Sonny Dykes agrees to contract extension

On Thursday, California head football coach Sonny Dykes agreed to a two-year contract extension with the athletic department, with changes to his current contract.

California was expected to announce the extension of head coach Sonny Dykes on Thursday morning, and after several hours of delay, the University finally did, though it wasn't without a few hiccups, as news broke that offensive coordinator Tony Franklin had interviewed for the same position at Texas.

Dykes, who is scheduled to make $2 million this year, will see a large jump in salary, and will average $2.825 million over the next four years, adjusting Dykes's compensation over the length of his current contract, as well as an annual $3.0 million salary pool for assistant coaches. This season, Cal assistants will earn a total of $2,506,600, according to USA TODAY.

With the new bump to a $3 million assistant salary pool, Cal would be on par with Washington ($3.27 million), Arizona State ($3.169 million) and Arizona ($3.036 million), and ahead of Washington State, Utah, Colorado and Oregon State.

Dykes would be the sixth-highest paid coach in the Pac-12 with his raise, among schools required to release salary figures (public schools).

In addition, the extension includes a one-year rollover clause each year Dykes wins at least seven regular-season games, and the team achieves an annual Academic Progress Rate of 980 or higher. Former head coach Jeff Tedford had a similar clause, but for eight wins, and no dictate on the APR. 

The Bears are currently 7-5 this season, and are set to face Air Force in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29. The extension takes Dykes through the end of the 2019 season.

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1621655-extension-overshad... Dykes initially signed a five-year agreement when he came on to replace Jeff Tedford in December of 2012.

“We are pleased to announce we have agreed to terms with Coach Dykes and look forward to him continuing to lead our football program,” Athletic Director Mike Williams said. “We are very proud of our football program’s turnaround and growth over the past three years. Athletically and academically, our student-athletes, coaches and staff have shown tremendous improvement and we are seeing positive results on the field and in the classroom. Turning around a program is not an easy task and in three years, Sonny and his staff have been instrumental in re-establishing a strong culture for our football program. Our expectations at Cal are high and we are confident that Sonny will have our program fighting consistently for a Pac-12 title, a major bowl berth and inclusion in the national football conversation.”

Dykes has gone 13-23 in his tenure at Berkeley, and 0-12 against USC, UCLA, Oregon and Stanford, but has supervised a large academic turnaround, with single-year APR numbers expected to take a big jump when they are announced this spring. When Dykes took over, the Bears were at or near the bottom of all Power 5 schools in APR and Graduation Success Rate.

Under Dykes, the Cal football program improved its single-season APR by 46 points to 969 in the first report date under his guidance, and saw its four-year APR move up three points in its second season. When the NCAA reports APR scores in the spring of 2016, the team’s APR is expected to be 997 (out of a possible 1,000).

“Over the past three years, Sonny Dykes has demonstrated his commitment to academic as well as athletic excellence,” UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks said. “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.”

“I am excited about leading the Cal football program going forward and am thankful for the opportunity to work together with Chancellor Dirks and our Director of Athletics Mike Williams to continue building a program that everyone associated with the University of California around the world can be proud of,” Dykes said. “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. This is a great university and a tremendous place to coach an incredible group of student-athletes. I am very proud of where our program is right now and the positive steps we have taken over the past three years. Our goal is to compete for conference championships, and we are making significant progress towards realizing that goal. We are going to continue to grow and remain focused on winning on the field, in the classroom and in the community.”

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