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First-year Virginia coach Tony Bennett used his entire contractually granted allocation of $600,000 to hire assistant coaches in April, and each of his assistants received a one-time payment of $10,000 for moving expenses. The Maryland staff is guaranteed less than half as much as Virginia’s staff this season.

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education online database, the Maryland men’s basketball program generated $10,793,864 in revenue in the fiscal year ending June 30 - fourth in the ACC behind North Carolina ($19.8 million), Duke ($11.8 million) and N.C. State ($10.9 million).

At present, the revenues don’t trickle down to assistants as much as they do at North Carolina, N.C. State and elsewhere. How long it remains that way likely will depend on economic conditions beyond the school’s control.

“We are extremely proud of our coaching staff,” Eaton said. “Chuck, Keith and Robert are tireless recruiters and great teachers of our basketball team, and we hope they are part of our program for years to come.”

Whether the financial incentive to stay can become more enticing, however, remains unknown.