Sonny Dykes receives raise, extension and increase in salary pool at Cal

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday December 10, 2015

After weeks of reported frustration, Sonny Dykes has agreed on a contract extension and raise at Cal.

The new deal runs through 2019, which is a two-year extension. He will be paid an average of $2.825 million, up from his current $2 million, which was the lowest salary in the Pac-12. The new salary would have been sixth among public Pac-12 schools this year.

In addition, Dykes’ assistant salary pool will rise to $3 million, up from the $2.5 million in 2015. That moves the pool up to the middle of the conference.

A month ago, the school announced it had begun extension talks, following reports that Dykes was unhappy with administration. But even with those talks, Dykes reportedly interviewed for the Missouri head coaching job and was in contact with South Carolina and Virginia about their openings.

But he’ll be at Cal in 2016 with a raise for himself and assistants.

In a release, 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.”

Additionally, the contract includes a one-year rollover clause for each year he wins seven regular season games and the team achieves an annual APR score of 980 or higher.

Dykes is 13-23 in three seasons. The Golden Bears went 1-11 in his first season, followed by 5-7 last year and 7-5 in 2015. A bowl win would give Cal eight wins for the first time since 2009.

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,” athletic director Mike Williams said in a release. “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.”

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