The contract of Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley wasn’t due to expire until the end of next season. But, as it prepares to enter the Big Ten, the school has reportedly decided to renew its commitment to Locksley, who is also the quarterbacks coach and a key recruiter.
According to CBSSports.com, Maryland has signed Locksley to a new three-year deal paying him more than $600,000 per year and making him one of the highest-paid coordinators in the Big Ten.
Maryland head coach Randy Edsall did not immediately reply to a text message and email seeking to confirm the report. Other school officials declined comment or were unavailable. The school is on break, and spring football practices resume next week.
A Washington native known for his ties to D.C. and Prince George's County football circles, Locksley earned his reputation as a recruiter when he was on Ron Vanderlindren’s and Ralph Friedgen's Maryland staffs from 1997 to 2002.
He returned to Maryland in early 2012. Under Locksley, Maryland ranked ninth out of 14 Atlantic Coast Conference schools in scoring last season and eighth in total offense. The offense suffered when it lost its top two receivers -- Stefon Diggs and Deon Long -- to lower-leg fractures in a loss to Wake Forest midway through the season. Maryland has loaded up on offensive-line recruits during the offseason to try to bolster that work-in-progress unit.
Locksley signed his previous contract on Jan. 12, 2012. It was due to expire on Jan. 31, 2015. It guaranteed him $500,000 in salary and other compensation. Others bonuses Locksley could earn were tied to Maryland's graduation rates, players' academic performance, offensive rankings nationally and in the ACC, and bowl participation.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun