Cal announced its contract for new head coach Sonny Dykes on Friday, paying the 43-year-old a base of $9.7 million for five seasons.
Dykes’ salary for the 2013 season is $1.8 million, which would have ranked 47th among head coaches in 2012 according to the USA Today salary database, just below SMU’s June Jones and above Duke’s David Cutcliffe. His predecessor Jeff Tedford made $2.6 million in 2012 according to USA Today. The database lists Dykes’ Louisiana Tech salary at $750,000.
According to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury-News, Dykes’ 2013 salary is tied with fellow head coaching newcomer Mark Helfrich of Oregon for 10th place in the Pac-12.
Dykes’ salary stands at $1.8 million for 2013 and 2014, jumps to $2 million for 2015 and 2016 and grows to $2.1 million in 2017, the final year of the deal.
After finishing 11th in the Pac-12 in the NCAA’s APR metric, and seeing its multi-year APR score drop in four consecutive years, improving the Golden Bears’ academic performance is equally imperative to turning around a team that finished 3-9 on the field last season, and Dykes’ bonus structure reflects that. He can earn $69,000 if Cal achieves a team grade-point average of 3.0, an APR score of 980 and above, and a graduation success rate of at least 90 percent. For comparison’s sake, Dykes’ bonus for taking Cal to the Rose Bowl is listed at $60,000.
From 2013-15, Dykes can earn $25,000 for leading Cal to seven wins and $5,000 more for each additional win up to $45,000 for 11 wins. Beginning in 2016, Dykes’ bonuses drop to $10,000 for seven wins, $20,000 for eight and $30,000 for nine, but remain at $40,000 for 10 and $45,000 for 11.
As mentioned above, Dykes will earn an extra $60,000 for taking Cal to the Rose Bowl, $50,000 for a BCS game other than the Rose Bowl, $40,000 for the Alamo Bowl, $30,000 for the Holiday Bowl and $25,000 for any other bowl game.
The buyout should Dykes be dismissed before Dec. 31 of this year stands at $3.75 million and drops by $750,000 after each subsequent Dec. 31.
Dykes also received a signing bonus of $594,000 to cover his Louisiana Tech buyout.