Sonny Dykes reacts to new Cal contract, passes on question about Missouri

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday December 14, 2015

Sonny Dykes says there was false speculation linking him to other jobs, but when asked if he met with Missouri, he gave a no comment.

Dykes met with reporters for the first time since agreeing to a new contract at Cal, and since a report that he interviewed for the Missouri head coaching job. Asked about Missouri, Dykes replied, "I don’t really want to say anything about that.”

But he said he always had faith he would get a deal done with Cal, even as negotiations went on for weeks. One of the biggest keys in his new Cal deal was an increased assistant salary pool to $3 million, up to the middle of the Pac-12.

“That’s a big deal,” Dykes said. “The key to building a program is consistency. You have to be able to retain good coaches when you find them. They’re hard to find. We’re fortunate to have a great coaching staff. It’s good to keep them around. That’s critical.”

Dykes said he doesn’t expect to make staff changes.

As for the head coach himself, Dykes received a two-year extension through 2019. That includes a one-year rollover clause each year the Golden Bears win seven games and the team achieves an annual APR score of 980. Former head coach Jeff Tedford had a similar clause, but with eight wins and no APR requirement.

Asked if there was talk about softening the academic requirement, Dykes paused, but said it’s a good thing.

“I like having things tied to our academic success,” he said. “It keeps us focused on our mission, which is to educate kids. I’m on board with that stuff. … A lot of that stuff, it’s good. It means Cal’s priorities are in the right place, and mine are.”

Cal will face Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29.

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