According Bruce Feldman of CBSSports, Maryland has agreed to a new three-year deal with offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.
The deal will pay Locksley $600,000 per season and could make him the fourth or fifth highest paid assistants in the Big Ten, according to a tweet from The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt. The deal is similar to that of defensive coordinator Brian Stewart, who signed a three-year extension as well. The deals are set to expire in 2017 when the contract of head coach Randy Edsall wraps up.
After a failed stint as the head coach at New Mexico, Locksley returned to College Park where he previously served as the running backs coach in the late 1990s under then head boss Ron Vanderlinden. In December 2011, the Washington D.C. native came back to Maryland and has seen a tremendous amount of success since. In the last two years, Locksley has established himself as Maryland’s secret weapon when it comes to recruiting.
The Terps offense ranked 40th in the nation in passing yards (248.5) and that was with starting quarterback C.J. Brown missing the Virginia and Clemson games. Maryland also passes for over 3,000 yards for the first time since 1994. Locksley’s lethal offense should be back in full force with Brown and wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long all returning.
Despite some changes on the coaching staff, Maryland is taking care of their most important football minds and it should lead to even more success on the field in 2014.