Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has signed a three-year contract that will keep him with the Terrapins until January 2017, an individual with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday night.
The expiration date for Locksley’s deal coincides with that of Coach Randy Edsall and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart. Stewart also recently received a new multiyear deal, reported this January, though his initial contract was scheduled to expire on Jan. 31 of this year.
Locksley, on the other hand, still had another two seasons left on his initial contract, which was signed on Dec. 20, 2011 after he was fired by New Mexico and was scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2015, according to a copy of the document obtained via an open records request.
The former running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Maryland in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Locksley has developed a reputation for one of the Washington D.C. area’s top recruiters and, despite rampant injuries over the past two seasons, has acquitted himself well as Edsall’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, running primarily a no-huddle, zone-read scheme. Recently, 247sports.com ranked Locksley as the top Big Ten recruiter for the class of 2014.
Last season, when the Terps finished 7-6 and lost in the Military Bowl to Marshall, the offense endured season-ending broken legs to its top two receivers — Stefon Diggs and Deon Long — and finished 75th nationally in total offense (396.9 yards per game), 84th in scoring offense (26.2 points per game) and 48th in passing offense (248.5 yards per game). Quarterback C.J. Brown passed for 2,242 yards, rushed for 576 yards and scored 25 total touchdowns. He, along with most of the unit’s playmakers like Diggs, Long, running back Brandon Ross and a host of other receivers, return for the 2014 seasons.
The news was first reported by CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman, who also reported that Locksley’s deal will pay him “in excess of $600,000″ per year.
The individual with knowledge of the situation confirmed that salary, which will give Locksley a raise of roughly $100,000. He was previously making a base salary of $357,000 plus $150,000 in extras. This will make him, according to USA Today’s database, either the fourth or fifth highest-paid assistant in the Big Ten, depending on exact figures. Only Greg Mattison (Michigan), Al Borges (Michigan), Tim Beck (Nebraska) and possibly Luke Fickell (Ohio State) make more.