With Maryland set to officially join the money-green ranks of the Big Ten the first of July, one of its football coordinators is reportedly on the receiving end of a hefty new deal.
While the school has yet to confirm it, Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com is reporting that Terps offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has reached agreement on a new contract that will pay the coach in excess of $600,000 annually. The new contract is reportedly for three years, and would replace one that paid Locksley in the neighborhood of $514,000 in 2013.
Based on the USA Today coaching salary database for 2013, Locksley’s new deal would put him second to Nebraska’s Tim Beck ($709,000) among the conference’s offensive coordinators. Locksley would also be behind defensive coaches Greg Mattison of Michigan ($851,000) and Luke Fickell of Ohio State ($610,000) using last year’s figures. Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, thanks to a new deal agreed upon shortly after the Spartans’ run to a Rose Bowl title, is currently the highest-paid assistant in the Big Ten at a little over $900,000. New Wolverines offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will be paid $830,000 in 2014, roughly $130,000 more than the man he replaced, Al Borges.
Based on all of the available information, it appears that Locksley will be somewhere in the neighborhood of the sixth-highest-paid assistant in the Big Ten.
Locksley was hired by the Terps in Dec. of 2011, and, following an abysmal first season in College Park, had the offense trending in the right direction last season. In 2012, the Terps were dead last at 120th in total offense (284.7 yards per game) and 107th in scoring offense (20.1 points per game). In Year 2 under Locksley, those numbers improved to 75th (396.9 ypg) and 84th (26.2 ppg), respectively, despite losing their top two receiving threats for the last half of the season due to injury.
For what it’s worth, the Terps were 67th in total offense (379.7 ypg) and 87th in scoring offense (23.1 ppg) the year prior to Locksley’s arrival.
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