Maryland coach DJ Durkin's contract worth $12.5 million over five years

"I want to recruit guys that embrace that competition. So, to me, it's an easy sell," said Maryland's new football coach DJ Durkin when asked about recruiting. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

New Maryland coach DJ Durkin will be paid $12.5 million over the next five years with the opportunity to earn $15.15 million over six years, according to a copy of his memorandum of understanding obtained by The Baltimore Sun in a public-records request.

Maryland and Durkin are expected to sign an official contract within the next 60 days, according to the document.


Durkin's base salary will be $500,000, with supplemental income totaling $1.9 million. His supplemental income will increase by $50,000 in the second through fifth years of his contract, so in the final year of his deal, Durkin is scheduled to make $2.6 million. If Durkin is still with Maryland at the end of his fifth year, he will automatically be extended for a sixth year at $2.65 million.

Maryland's buyout in the contract will be 65 percent of the remaining money on the deal. If Maryland fires Durkin, the university will pay him half the money he is owed within two months of his termination, and the rest would be covered in regular installments for the rest of his contract.

If Durkin leaves Maryland for another job in the first two years of the deal, he would owe the university $2 million. In the third or fourth year, he would owe $1 million, and that number drops to $500,000 beyond that.

Durkin's contract also includes a number of incentives. Maryland will pay him $50,000 if he is named national Coach of the Year and $25,000 if he wins Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year. Durkin will earn $25,000 for every non-College Football Playoff bowl appearance, and that number jumps to $75,000 for a New Year's Six bowl game, $150,000 for a CFP semifinal appearance and $200,000 for a national championship game appearance.

If Durkin leads Maryland to a CFP national championship, he would receive a $250,000 bonus. If he wins a New Year's Six bowl game, his bonus is $100,000, and victories in other bowl games are worth a $25,000 bonus.

Durkin would receive $50,000 for winning the Big Ten East Division and $100,000 if Maryland wins the Big Ten championship game.

According to the memorandum of understanding, "all incentive compensation is contingent on minimum [academic progress rate] being achieved for the time period in question."

Durkin and his family are also receiving moving expenses for up to $30,000.