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A fired Randy Edsall was Maryland’s highest-paid state employee in 2016

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It’s not uncommon for a football coach to be the highest-paid employee in a state, but hardly ever does that distinction go to someone who’s already been fired.

Maryland paid Randy Edsall $2,673,000 in 2016. He was fired in October 2015.

The Baltimore Sun’s salary database of state employees shows Edsall just $24,000 ahead of Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon for the top spot. Edsall’s replacement, DJ Durkin, sits in third place at over $2.4 million. Women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese is the only other state employee in seven figures at $1.1 million. Edsall actually passed Turgeon at the top because of his $500,000 buyout.

Edsall spent 2016 in the Detroit Lions front office, and he’ll return to coach at Connecticut this fall.

Here’s every state’s highest-paid employee.

In other news

Justin Jackson is back, and that’s good news for a team that really needed him.

He won’t be joined by MJ Walker, and Brandon Slater also appears to be out of the 2018 picture.

Maryland baseball was going to open Big Ten Tournament play last night, but rain postponed the Terps’ opening contest.

It’s championship weekend for Maryland lacrosse. The men have come a long way since last playing Denver in the 2015 title game.

Four members of the team picked up First Team All-America nods from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association yesterday, and nine Terps are represented in total.