Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Chip Kelly Cal coaching job speculation changes; student athletes averaging below 3.0 and his salary

January 9, 2017

Cal Bears, NCAA

Former San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly speaks at a news conference after the team’s NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Head coach free agent Chip Kelly coming to Cal might not be as strong of a possibility as was talked about after the firing of former Cal head coach Sonny Dykes on Sunday. Kelly has coached in the NFL for the last four years and the money could one of the factors he might not land at Cal and it’s wonder if Cal could retain him Kelly simply would demand more than al would be willing to pay. For former head coach Dykes Cal will payout $5 million for the buyout as he was schedule to coach the team until 2019 at $3 million a year.

One of the other reasons for the firing is Dykes entertaining offers and interviewing at other universities and the alumni at Cal were not very happy about his venturing outside when the university already has him on contract. Also Cal was not happy with Dykes win-loss results which amounted in the donors to drop off. Last season Cal lost to Stanford and USC and all those things factored into his firing but as Cal Athletic Director Mike Williams said at Sunday’s press conference the biggest reason give for letting Dykes go is he was interviewing at other schools.

Morris Phillips does Cal Bears podcasts each Monday and Michel Duca does the Bears podcast at



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