Maryland football announced Mike Locksley its next head coach on Dec. 4, but the details of the contract were just reported Thursday. All in all, it’s a pretty standard Maryland contract for Locksley, as he’ll make upwards of $12.5 million on the five-year deal.
The deal itself, first reported by The Athletic Balitmore’s Patrick Stevens, isn’t all that different from DJ Durkin’s contract. Locksley was given the same five-year total, as well as a similar built-in sixth year if he survives the first season.
Locksley will start off making $2.5 million annually with $500,000 base salary plus $2 million in supplemental income, with an annual increase of $100,000 a year over the contract’s duration. That’s the same amount Durkin was slated to make in his third season before the school placed him on leave, reinstated him and then fired him over the course of the fall.
If Maryland, for any reason, decides to move on from Locksley without cause, he’s owed 65 percent of the remaining salary with “no duty to mitigate,” according a copy of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) dated Dec. 7. That essentially means Locksley has no duty to try to soften the financial blow should Maryland fire him without cause. Should Locksley move on of his own volition, he’d owe the school 45 percent of his remaining salary if he leaves in the first two years, $1.5 million if he dips in the third or fourth year and $500,000 after that.
A notable difference between the two contracts is the emphasis the school places on player safety in Locksley’s MOU. The school emphasizes that one of Locksley’s duties includes “responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of student athletes” twice throughout the document. That’s a specific phrase not found neither in Durkin’s MOU nor the “duties” section of his contract. Given that this all started with the death of Jordan McNair and subsequent allegations of a “toxic” culture, it’s not particularly surprising.
Locksley’s contract also includes a couple perks of the job, like a suite at Maryland Stadium, 24 tickets to every regular season game (home and away) or postseason game, four season tickets to men’s and women’s basketball and VIP parking. He will get $30,000 to move his family, $1,500 as a monthly car allowance and a university cell phone.
Locksley’s contract also includes up to $775,000 in bonuses with various postseason accomplishments and individual awards. A quick rundown:
- $25,000 for Big Ten Coach of the Year
- $50,000 for AP National Coach of the Year.
- $100,000 if the Terps make the Big Ten Championship, $150,000 for a win (non-cumulative
- $50,000 for making any non-playoff bowl, $35,000 for a win
- $100,000 if Maryland makes the New Year’s Six bowl, $75,000 for a win
- $200,000 for making the semifinals of the College Football Playoffs (CFP), $100,000 for advancing
- $300,000 for making it to the CFP Championship game, $250,000 for bringing a title to College Park (represents the max bowl-incentive)
Locksley’s bonuses for bowl appearances and wins are non-cumulative, meaning a string of wins in the playoffs wouldn’t pile on the money, but would reward him with the highest level of incentive reached.
Here’s the full memorandum, courtesy of NBC4’s Mark Segraves.
Here’s @CoachLocks offer sheet at @TerpsFootball $2.5 million annual base + $100K raise each year + incentives up to $750K + sky suite Maryland Stadium + 24 tickets to every game + 4 seasons for @TerrapinHoops @umdwbb pic.twitter.com/V59YEevLoo— Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) December 13, 2018
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