Bruce Feldman has reported that Cal head coach Sonny Dykes has reached an agreement to a new contract extension with the Golden Bears. Specifics of the deal have not been released at this time.
The sticking points in contract negotiations still remain unclear. But after an interview with Missouri and no dice, it appears any other job opportunities dried up (South Carolina and Virginia rumors went absolutely nowhere).
We should have a follow up post when the contract details have been released, although knowing Cal it might take a few years or so. But hopefully we should know the extent of the raise, the new deal and what new incentives and bonuses have been laid in by the time spring practice rolls around.
If I had to guess, I'd imagine Dykes will receive a modest two
to three year extension with a raise that brings him to around the middle of the pack in the Pac-12, with decent enough bumps in assistant salaries to make them all feel comfortable enough in the Bay Area. I'd also imagine Dykes wants his contract laden with academic bonus incentives since Cal will make this a huge emphasis in the future. We should know for sure soon.
After a 1-11 start in 2013, Dykes led the Bears to a 5-7 season in 2014 and a 7-5 bowl season this year. There are still many questions that remain about his long-term viability at Cal, but it feels like we'll get a few years with Sonny's recruits. We'll get a chance to see how his team looks with his players and his initial vision of what he wanted to install at Cal from the moment he got here.
Back to football everyone! Hope you've enjoyed your ten day miniseries on "Will Sonny Stay or Will Sonny REALLY Stay?"
What are your thoughts on the return of Sonny Dykes to Cal?