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Report: Mike Locksley, Maryland Agree to Amended Contract Averaging $6.1M Annually

Scott Polacek

Maryland football coach Mike Locksley will reportedly be paid more thanks to a contract amendment.

Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated reported the school and head coach agreed to a new amendment that will go into effect for the contract he signed last spring. While he was earning $4 million in salary, he will now make an average of $6.1 million annually over the five-year deal.

The contract runs through the 2027 campaign, although it will be extended by one season if Maryland wins seven or more games in 2023.

Maryland hired him as its head coach ahead of the 2019 season after he was the offensive coordinator for Alabama.

While he was just 3-9 in his first season and 2-3 in the shortened 2020 one, things have trended in the right direction of late. The Terrapins went 7-6 in 2021 and ended their campaign with a Pinstripe Bowl victory over Virginia Tech and then followed that up with an 8-5 effort in 2022.

The eight wins were the most for the program since it was still in the ACC in 2010 and featured a win over North Carolina State in the Duke's Mayo Bowl.

Coaching at Maryland is not without its challenges. The school has been far more successful in men's and women's basketball throughout its history, and the football program has reached double-digit wins in a season just four times since 1955.

The move to the Big Ten also didn't make things much easier, and it is now in the same division as powerhouses Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State, as well as a solid Michigan State program.

Yet Locksley has fought through those challenges and has the team set up for even more success in the future since Maryland finished the 2022 recruiting cycle with the No. 31 class and the 2023 cycle with the No. 36 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings.

He likely isn't going to take the program to a point where it is consistently competing with the likes of the Buckeyes and Wolverines for conference crowns and College Football Playoff spots, but there is plenty of positive momentum at this point.

And he will be paid more as a result.


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