Maryland football coach Randy Edsall and men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon are among the highest-profile public employees in the state. They are also the highest paid.
Their ranking is not unusual. Across the country, television revenues have pushed coaching salaries higher and higher and created an arms race of sorts. Top athletic programs have been willing to pay what would have once seemed exorbitant sums to keep pace with rivals.
Edsall and Turgeon are both near the midpoints of their contracts, which they signed in 2011.
Edsall was guaranteed $2 million over each of the six years in the pact, while Turgeon was promised $1.9 million a year over eight years.
That includes not only base salary, but also money for radio and television appearances, personal appearances and fund raising activities.
Maryland coaches are paid by the school's athletic department, which draws revenue from shared conference earnings and student fees.
So how have the coaches fared?
Edsall’s record is 13-24 but his team has gone from two wins in 2011, to four wins in 2012, to seven wins in 2013.
Turgeon, in the midst of his third season, is 51-33.
Edsall’s and Turgeon’s contacts also contain various incentive bonuses.
Such bonuses can be lucrative. In 2010, former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams received a $318,000 bonus for finishing the regular season in a two-way tie (with Duke) in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season standings.
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