According to reports, and the football program itself, the California Golden Bears have agreed to a contract extension with head coach Sonny Dykes.
Per Cal athletics, the deal is an extension through the 2019 season and it will give Dykes an average of $2.825 million over the next four seasons. The new contact also includes $3.0 million for his assistant coaches, and a one-year “rollover clause” every year Dykes can lead Cal to seven or more regular-season wins and an Academic Progress Rate of 980 or above.
“We are pleased to announce we have agreed to terms with Coach Dykes and look forward to him continuing to lead our football program,” California athletic director Mike Williams said via the athletic website. “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.”
— Cal Football (@CalFootball) December 10, 2015
Dykes also released a statement per the website, saying, “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.”
Bruce Feldman of FOXSports was one of the first to sniff out this news, reporting that this deal was on its way yesterday:
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 9, 2015
Dykes has been with Cal since the 2013 season and he has a 12-23 overall record. This year, the Golden Bears went 7-5 and will play Air Force on December 29th in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.