We walked you through the Justin Wilcox contract last week. Today we look at the two contracts of his two main lieutenants. California Golden Bears offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin and defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter have signed on for three years each, which hopefully will be enough time to establish continuity at a university that has lacked it in its assistant coaching pool.
Base salary and talent fee
Both DeRuyter and Baldwin will have a base salary of $250,000 a year. Things diverge from there, since one of those coordinators has a buyout from his former stop that should help pay for part of his employment.
Baldwin’s talent fee is a standard $320,000 a year. DeRuyter’s talent fee is staggered, as it appears Fresno State’s buyout (around $3.4 million) should help cover much of the talent fees.
- Through January 31, 2018: $50,000
- Through January 31, 2019: $140,000
- Through January 31, 2020: $257,0000
So here’s a look at the overall salary for each coach:
- Baldwin: $570,000 a year
- DeRuyter: $300,000 in 2017-18, $390,000 in 2018-19, $507,000 in 2019-20.
In comparison to other offensive coordinators, Tony Franklin made $560,000 in 2015, and Jake Spavital would have made around $500,000 in 2017 after $385,000 in 2016. Andy Buh made $500,000 in 2013 as Cal defensive coordinator, and Art Kaufman made $550,000 to $590,000 in his time at Cal from 2014-2016.
Baldwin will get a bonus payment of $80,000 if he’s employed through October 1, 2017, an additional bonus payment of $80,000 if employed through August 1, 2018, and another bonus payment of $80,000 if employed through August 1, 2019.
DeRuyter’s payment comes near the end of his deal; he’ll get a bonus payment of $300,000 if employed through August 1, 2019.
Cal must have an academic progress rate of 930 or higher for Baldwin and DeRuyter to receive these bonuses.
- Pac-12 title game: $15,000
- Cal plays in a Big 6 bowl games (Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, Orange, Cotton, Peach): $25,000
- Cal plays in the national title game: $10,000
- Cal makes a bowl game with a .500 or better record: $10,000
- Cal makes a bowl game under .500: up to $5,000
If Baldwin left for a position other than a coaching spot in the Pac-12 or a future non-conference opponent, Baldwin would owe 100% of the remainder of the base salary to Cal for the rest of his term. (No such clause exists for DeRuyter in his contract.)
If Cal terminates Baldwin’s contract, Cal would owe him a buyout of 70% of his base salary, talent fee, and retention bonus for the remainder of the term.
If Cal terminates DeRuyter’s contract, Cal would owe him 100% of the base salary and retention bonus for the remainder of the term.
If either of Baldwin or DeRutyer gets terminated, it is their duty to seek other employment. That new job’s salary would mitigate the amount of money that must be paid to both coaches in their contracts.