Details of Cal defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter's contract relate to his agreement with Fresno State

Cal defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter's contract terms have been released, and they're closely tied with the Bears' former defensive coordinator Art Kaufman, and DeRuyter's previous stop at Fresno State.

California has released the contract of new Bears defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, and over the first two years of the contract, the Bears will save money thanks to DeRuyter's buy-out from his previous post as Fresno State head coach. Thanks to an extension agreement with the Bulldogs signed after he went 20-6 in his first two seasons, DeRuyter made roughly $1.5 million per year, through Dec. 31, 2018. With his ouster on October, DeRuyter was to be awarded more than $3.44 million as a buy-out, spread out monthly, through the end of his contract with Fresno State. His buy-out would be mitigated by whatever monies he received in whatever new job he acquired.

According to the contract that DeRuyter signed with Cal on April 25 (executed May 8), he will make a base salary of $250,000 through the three years of the contract, but his talent fee for the first year (Jan. 23, 2017 through Jan. 31, 2018) is just $50,000, making his total compensation $300,000, far less than the $550,000 his predecessor -- Art Kaufman -- made ($225,000 base plus a $325,000 talent fee) in his first contract. 

In his second year, from Feb. 1, 2018 to Jan. 31, 2019, he will make a $140,000 talent fee, bumping his total compensation up to $390,000.

After that point, the buy-out from Fresno State will be complete, and in his third year, from Feb. 1, 2019 to Jan. 31, 2020, he will make a talent fee of $257,000, in addition to his base of $250,000 for a total of $507,000 -- still less, total, than Cal paid Kaufman per season (he was the fifth-highest paid assistant in the conference in 2016-17, with bonuses) on his first contract, and decidedly less than the Bears paid Kaufman on his extension. Kaufman's second contract, which ran from May 1, 2016, through April 30, 2018, provided an annual talent fee of $340,000 and a base salary of $250,000. Cal owes Kaufman a $365,000 buy-out, per the contract, since he was fired before the end of the full 2017 football season, which is another reason for the lower front-end numbers on DeRuyter's deal.

Speaking of buy-outs, if DeRuyter's contract is terminated by the University without cause, he will be due 100% of the base salary plus the retention bonus ($300,000 if he stays through August 1, 2019) for the remainder of the deal.

DeRuyter will receive a bonus of $15,000 if Cal reaches the Pac-12 title game, $25,000 if the Bears get to the Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, Orange, Cotton or Peach Bowl, $10,000 if Cal reaches the national title game, $10,000 if the team finishes over .500 and plays in a bowl game and up to $5,000 if the team finishes below .500 but still plays in a bowl game.

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