Intentional or not, Cal took out the trash Friday afternoon when it released Sonny Dykes' contract. That's the phrase journalists use when an entity releases news in the final hours of the workweek, hoping the news will get overlooked.
And if the Bears decided to release the contract on Friday specifically because they knew the NCAA was coming down on Saint Mary's earlier in the day? Well played, Bears. Well played.
But we didn't lose sight of Dykes' deal finally becoming a matter of public record.
Before we hit the details, one point: The $1.94 million per year average is not a surprise; it's on the high end of the range I anticipated but certainly within reason.
Far more important is the salary pool Cal has made available for assistant coaches, and the Bears did not release that information. (When they do, we'll be on it.)
How does Dykes' compensation compare to his 11 peers in the Pac-12? At $1.94 mill/yr, he ranks 10th, based on my notes on head coach salaries throughout the league.
Here's the list:
(Note: Figures don't include signing bonuses or payments to offset buyouts.)
(Rodriguez also has $125,000 per year placed into a retention fund payable every two years.)
A few items of note from the contract, which, per Cal policy, does not involve state money:
In 2014, the figure drops to $3,000,000
In 2015, it's $2,250,000.
In 2016, it's $1,500,000
In 2017, it's $750,000.
(Everything about the buyout clause in Dykes' deal is more carefully written, and more clearly spelled out, than it was in Tedford's contract.)
If he leaves in 2014, he owes $2,500,000.
If he leaves in 2015, he owes $2,000,000.
If he leaves in 2016, he owes $1,000,000.
If he leaves in 2017, he owes $750,000.
Yes, there is a mitigation clause: Dykes must make "reasonable efforts to obtain employment at a BCS level head coach or coordinator."
The bonuses for the last two seasons of Dykes' deal are identical when it comes to bowl games and a bit less for regular-season win totals.
There you have it. Nothing outlandish.
Now we wait for the assistants salary figure.