Brian Stewart, Maryland's defensive coordinator who just completed his second season in College Park, has agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the Washington Post's Alex Prewitt reported Tuesday night.
Details of the contract are not yet disclosed, but Stewart's first two-year deal paid him a little more than $350k a year and it's safe to assume he didn't take a paycut.
What does this mean for the Terps, exactly?
Well, if you're a fan of Randy Edsall and of continuity in general, it'll be welcome news. Edsall's job security hasn't really been in question since the completion of his first winning season and the Terps' Dec. 27 Military Bowl loss to Marshall, but anyone looking for a sign one way or the other can probably find one in the longterm lockup of one of Edsall's top lieutenants.
As for Stewart himself, he's generally perceived as a successful DC, especially when you consider the crippling injuries Maryland suffered on that side of the ball this season, including the Terps' top two cornerbacks and top pass rusher.
Still, Maryland tied for 19th nationally in sacks and 44th in total defense, as Prewitt points out. The Terps also put together one of their finest defensive performances in recent memory with a 37-0 whitewashing of West Virginia early in the year.
On the recruiting trail, Stewart played a key role in the reeling-in of DC megaprospect Yannick Ngakoue, among many. Another Stewart recruiting asset is the street cred that accompanies having "Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator" on your resume.
Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is signed through 2015, while Edsall's deal carries him through the '16 season. Now that Stewart is secured for what is likely to be at least as long as those two, it's safe to say that the University of Maryland's administration is pretty happy with its football leadership.