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John Szefc had at least 149,000 reasons to leave Maryland baseball for Virginia Tech

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

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John Szefc left his position as Maryland baseball’s head coach last week to accept the same job at Virginia Tech. At his introductory press conference on Thursday, VT distributed what is expected to constitute his final contract details.

It appears his new position is coming with a significant raise, starting immediately. Szefc’s base salary will start at $400,000 and gradually increase to $600,000 over the next six years.

Before any incentives, he’ll make $149,000 more this year.

The terms also included five-figure bonuses for things like NCAA Tournament appearances and ACC titles and and $100,000 bonus if he wins a championship, so in short, this is a much more lucrative contract for Szefc.

After leading the Terps to the NCAA Super Regionals for the second straight year in 2015, Szefc’s name started popping up in relation to Clemson’s head coaching job. He received a salary bump from $160,000 to $251,000 in 2016.

Here’s the rest of what is expected to constitute Szefc’s contract.

In other news

The Terps promoted assistant coach Rob Vaughn to replace Szefc, ending the coaching search in just under a week.

Here’s a Diamondback feature from May on how Vaughn transformed the team’s offense.

The Big Ten Tournament is in Madison Square Garden next season, and will take place a week earlier than usual. The Washington Post’s Roman Stubbs wrote about how this luxury makes for a hectic December.

DJ Durkin got his ninth commit of the 2018 class last night, when local four-star Jaelyn Duncan committed to Maryland.

Jared looked at how Durkin was able to build depth in the backfield with an influx of running backs in the last two cycles.

Running Backs Week rolled on with local back Jake Funk, who’s ready to gain ground on the depth chart.

Oh, and Maryland offered 2019 four-star small forward Wendell Moore a scholarship. He’s the No. 3 player from North Carolina in his class and is being heavily recruited by UNC as well, according to 247Sports.