Terps offensive coordinator Mike Locksley to earn $500,000 a year

January 09, 2012|By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

Bonuses based on recruiting rankings and a $350,000 base salary are among the highlights in Maryland's contract with new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.

Locksley's deal, which was obtained by The Baltimore Sun and other media outlets Monday via public records requests, guarantees the former New Mexico coach $500,000 per year in salary and other compensation.

Locksley's four-year deal, which began on Dec. 28, has two recruiting-related bonuses. If the Terps finish in the Top 40 of Rivals.com or Scout.com's recruiting rankings on Signing Day, Locksley will get $25,000. If Maryland is among the top four Atlantic Coast Conference teams in Rivals or Scout's team rankings on Signing Day, Locksley will receive $20,000.

A Washington native known for his ties to D.C. and Prince George's County football circles, Locksley earned his reputation as a top recruiter when he was on Ralph Friedgen's Maryland staff from 2000-2002. Subsequent stops at Florida, Illinois and New Mexico enhanced that reputation. Locksley's Lobos' teams finished 2-26, and he was briefly suspended in 2009 following an altercation with a former New Mexico assistant.

Others bonuses Locksley could earn are tied to Maryland's graduation rates, players' academic performance, offensive rankings nationally and in the ACC, and bowl participation.

Locksley's contract guarantees the same amount as his predecessor, Gary Crowton -- $500,000 -- but is structured differently.

Crowton, who lasted just one season, had a $375,500 base salary plus four annual installments of $31,250 -- one each for radio and TV appearances, personal appearances, fund-raising and endorsements.

Locksley's salary is $350,000 and he is to receive $37,500 for each of the four other duties.

Maryland tied the contracts of Locksley and other assistant coaches to head coach Randy Edsall -- if he leaves, their deals end.

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