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Report: Locksley to be one of B1G’s highest-paid coordinators

Mike Locksley

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 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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8 Responses to “Report: Locksley to be one of B1G’s highest-paid coordinators”
  1. voorheesma says: Mar 18, 2014 10:54 PM

    Great move locking him up considering his son is becoming one the biggest recruits in the nation. Maybe he will want to play for Dad

  2. cubano76 says: Mar 19, 2014 8:50 AM

    All I’ve ever heard on this guy is that he’s a great coach and recruiter. Good for them….and his bank account.

  3. toochilled says: Mar 19, 2014 10:48 AM

    Hopefully this means he’ll be taking over for Edsall and MD doesn’t end up with another James Franklin situation.

  4. annapterp says: Mar 19, 2014 11:10 AM

    Terps will be a bottom feeder until Edsall is gone, but the first step is to get a qualified AD. Anderson is a disaster!

  5. mogogo1 says: Mar 19, 2014 1:49 PM

    Headed in the right direction but 75th in the nation is still horrible. Maryland is certainly spending plenty of money but will they ever see any real return on it?

  6. stoicpaisano says: Mar 19, 2014 2:31 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see if Locksley leaves home when a higher-profile OC position opens up. It could be this upcoming winter in Columbus if Herman gets tapped for a head job as many are expecting. Locksley may have to drop a level to FCS for his next head coaching job as New Mexico was a disaster for him.

    That said, he’s nails in the DMV area on the recruiting trail and a lot of prestigious schools (no disrespect to ILL or MD) that can pay will be after him. I think his son Kai’s decision could indicate the long term location for Mike.

  7. normtide says: Mar 19, 2014 3:29 PM

    Paying your assistants is a huge step in the right direction for the b1g. I’m not a hater of that league, I think it’s good for them to be back in the national stage. They are already behind the eight ball because their recruiting ground isn’t as good as the other leagues. They have to make up ground by improving facilities and getting (and paying) the best coaches. Bully to you Big 10.

  8. mrterpnc says: Mar 19, 2014 5:13 PM

    I think announcements are coming about upgrades to facilities once they are officially rid of the ACC fiasco..

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