Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow intends to hold negotiations within the next two to three weeks to extend the contract of Terrapins football coach Ron Vanderlinden, Yow said yesterday through a school spokesman.
Vanderlinden, 43, just completed the third year of the five-year contract he signed in December 1996. An extension that guarantees his job security for the four or five years likely would help Maryland in its recruiting.
Vanderlinden's current contract calls for him to receive a base salary of $130,000, with another $80,000 to $100,000 guaranteed in other income, such as the school's radio and television contracts. If his teams meet other incentives, such as bowl appearances and player graduation rates, Vanderlinden could make $300,000 per year.
Attempts to reach Vanderlinden yesterday were unsuccessful. Through the spokesman, Yow declined further comment.
In three seasons, Vanderlinden's teams have a record of 9-24. The Terrapins were 5-6 this past season, losing their final four games--including Saturday's 34-30 heartbreaker to visiting Virginia--and failing to win the minimum of six games necessary to be eligible for a bowl game. The Terrapins were 2-6 in Atlantic Coast Conference play this season and are 4-20 in ACC play under Vanderlinden.
Maryland has not played in a bowl game since following the 1990 season. Also, Maryland has not had more than six victories in a season since 1985, the last time it won a bowl game.
When Yow fired previous coach Mark Duffner after the 1996 season, she said she expects a program that wins seven or eight games per season and makes regular bowl game appearances.