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Maryland football assistants get slight pay increase, to $2.82 million, in 2016

DJ Durkin's assistants will make $2.82 million in 2016.

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Former Virginia head coach Mike London will make $300,000 in 2016 as Maryland's defensive line and associate head coach.
Former Virginia head coach Mike London will make $300,000 in 2016 as Maryland's defensive line and associate head coach.
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Assistant coaches on DJ Durkin's first Maryland football staff will make $2.82 million between them in 2016 – a slight increase from the $2.783 million paid to Randy Edsall's assistants last season.

Offensive and defensive coordinators Walt Bell and Scott Shafer will each make $500,000. Former Ball State head coach Pete Lembo is making more than any other position coach at $350,000, a pay cut from the $514,250 he made a season ago as Ball State's head coach.

Coach Position Pay
Walt Bell Offensive coordinator $500,000
Scott Shafer Defensive coordinator $500,000
Pete Lembo Tight ends/special teams $350,000
Dave Borbely Offensive line $340,000
Chris Beatty Wide receivers $320,000
Mike London Defensive line $300,000
Anthony Tucker Running backs $185,000
Aazaar Abdul-Rahim Defensive backs $170,000
Matt Barnes Linebackers $155,000

The figures here come from each assistant's memorandum of understanding with Maryland, all obtained over the past few weeks through public records requests. These figures are base salary and guaranteed supplemental income, and they don't include bonuses that would come with conference championship and bowl performances.

Maryland's biggest source of assistant coach savings, year over year, comes from replacing offensive coordinator Mike Locksley ($898,940) with Bell, whose $500,000 salary is just 56 percent of Locksley's deal.

Maryland also made varying time commitments to its assistants under Durkin, who will himself make $2.4 million before any bonuses next season. Bell and Shafer are on three-year deals, while London is on a two-year deal. Several assistants, including defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, are on one-year deals.

Special thanks to Laura Anderson Wright in Maryland's general counsel's office, who quickly and capably recovered documents over a period of weeks for Testudo Times and a handful of other media outlets.

We've gone ahead and compiled every single Maryland assistant's memorandum of understanding along with Durkin's in one PDF document. We've also included the MOU for strength coach Rick Court. Peruse them all at your leisure – they're public.

Every single Maryland football assistant coach's contract details