BERKELEY -- Cal announced Friday that new football coach Sonny Dykes' five-year contract is valued at $9.7 million, or an average of $1.94 million per season.

The terms also include several on-field and academic performance bonuses that are contingent on the Cal football team achieving a minimum Academic Progress Rate (APR) score.

"Sonny Dykes is the right person to lead our football program, and I'm pleased to say that we have concluded this process, so we can focus on 'winning everywhere' in our football program," athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement.

The financial support for Dykes' contract is provided by Cal athletic department self-generated revenue. The deal includes an annual $250,000 base salary, and additional talent fees, which are customary.

Dykes was hired Dec. 5 to replace Jeff Tedford, fired after 11 seasons.

Tedford, the winningest football coach in Cal history, earned $2.3 million per season, but agreed to a buyout on the final three years of his contract totaling $5.55 million.

Dykes came to Cal from Louisiana Tech, where last season his team led the nation in scoring and total offense. He earned slightly more than $700,000 with the Bulldogs in 2012, according to ESPN.com.

His Cal deal, through the 2017 season, came with a one-time signing bonus of $594,000, which the contract stipulates was to be paid by Feb. 15. That bonus approximates the amount he was required to pay to leave his contract at Louisiana Tech.


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Among the performance bonuses in the deal:

  • During seasons 1 through 3, he can earn anywhere from an additional $25,000 to $45,000 if the Bears win seven through 11 games. The numbers change slightly in his final two seasons.

  • Over that same three-year span, he would earn $60,000 if the Bears play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1959, or $50,000 for an appearance in any other BCS bowl.

  • Also during seasons 1 through 3, Dykes would collect anywhere from $10,000 to $23,000 if his players' combined grade-point average ranges from 2.70 to 3.0.

  • He would earn those same bonuses if the team's APR score ranges from 960 to 980. Last June, the NCAA announced Cal's APR score had slipped to 936, second-worst among all Pac-12 schools. As recently as 2009, Cal's score was 970.

    The contract includes buyout clauses for both Dykes and the university.

    If he is fired for no cause before Dec. 31, 2013, he will be paid $3.75 million. That amount will be reduced by $750,000 each year through Dec. 31, 2016.

    But if Dykes takes a job elsewhere before Dec. 31, 2013, he will be required to pay the university $3 million. That buyout figure also reduces with each passing year.

    Cal has not released contract information on Dykes' assistant coaches.

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