Just over two months away from the official move, the assumption is that everything will be, well, bigger in the Big Ten. Bigger revenue thanks to the new conference’s dedicated television channel, which the University of Maryland hopes will bring bigger national exposure. Bigger crowds at Byrd Stadium and Comcast Center, if only because local Big Ten alumni will flock to see their teams play nearby. And, as it turns out, a bigger financial commitment to the football coaching staff.
According to copies of the latest contracts, released via an open records request earlier this week, and cross-referenced with USA Today’s handy assistant coaching salary database, Coach Randy Edsall’s staff will make a combined $2,547,560 next season, which would have ranked fourth among available Big Ten schools in 2013, behind only Ohio State ($3.47 million), Michigan ($3.07 million) and Nebraska ($2.65 million). Neither Penn State nor Northwestern are subject to open-records laws, so salaries for their coaches were not included. Last season, per USA Today, Maryland’s staff made $2,307,514.
Even with the Nittany Lions presumably clocking in high, reigning conference champion Michigan State overhauling its payment sytem and the otherwise assumed issuance of living raises entering the 2014 season, the Terps will still rank in the upper echelon of Big Ten institutions in terms of football salaries. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley’s three-year extension netted him a raise ($625,000) which would have made him the conference’s fourth highest-paid assistant, behind Michigan coordinators Greg Mattison ($851,400) and Al Borges ($709,300), and Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck ($700,000). Defensive coordinator Brian Stewart, also the beneficiary of a multi-year extension and a significant raise to $417,560 per season, would have ranked ninth in total salary and fifth among defensive coordinators.
Below the coordinator level, new offensive line coach Greg Studrawa grades favorably too. His introductory salary ($275,000 per year) makes him both the highest-paid non-coordinator assistant on Maryland’s staff but also would have ranked him as the fifth-highest paid non-coordinator assistant in the entire Big Ten, excluding Penn State and Northwestern, for the 2013 season. Three of the four coaches in front of him hail from Ohio State.
Edsall, who ranked ninth in the ACC in total salary at $2.03 million last season, would have slotted in the exact same spot in the Big Ten, right between Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen ($2.12 million) and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio ($1.96 million). It should be noted that, after guiding the Spartans to the Rose Bowl and conference title last season, Dantonio received a raise to $3.64 million, while defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi became the highest-paid assistant in the entire league at $904,583.
Rutgers, the other Big Ten newcomer, paid its staff $1.81 million last season, though the Scarlet Knights recently welcomed new offensive and defensive coordinators in Ralph Friedgen and Joe Rossi, and have shown a similar new-leaf financial commitment to them. Friedgen, the former Maryland head coach, will reportedly make $500,000 next season, more than the old offensive and defensive coordinators did combined, while Rossi, the former special teams coordinator promoted this offseason, received a raise from $200,000 to $300,000.