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Maryland’s DJ Durkin has the 3rd-lowest head coach salary in the Big Ten in 2017

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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It’s no secret that being a NCAA Division I football coach can be a lucrative gig. Now there’s a database to see just how much every coach will make this season.

There were no surprises at the top, and Maryland’s DJ Durkin had the 12th-highest salary of 14 coaches in the Big Ten, according the salary database USA Today released Wednesday. Durkin’s $2,462,000 salary ranks No. 47 in the country and includes a max bonus of $625,000. Maryland paid him $25,000 in bonuses for the 2016-17 season.

If the Terps ever decided to fire Durkin for some reason, it would cost Maryland a hefty penny: $6,833,104 in buyout money, to be exact.

Unsurprisingly, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney top the list, respectively making $11,132,000 and $8,526,800. Two Big Ten coaches are also top-teir earners, with Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer as the third and fourth-highest paid coaches. Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez rounds out the top five.

Only Rutgers’ Chris Ash (No. 55) and Indiana’s Tom Allen (No. 60) make less than Durkin in the conference this season.

In other news

Basketball season draws nearer each day. Justin kicked off our preview of the women’s team, which has a lot of talent but not a lot of depth.

Football’s homecoming game against Indiana is this weekend and to celebrate the program’s 125-year anniversary, the Terps are sporting throwbacks. Vote on whether they’re hot or nah.

Maryland women’s soccer finished its regular season with a loss, and it’ll ride a scoreless streak into the offseason for a second straight year.

For The Baltimore Sun, here’s Don Markus on Indiana native Max Bortenschlager preparing to play the Hoosiers.