Maryland boosted pay for Edsall’s assistants

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Maryland’s nine football assistant coaches earned at least 19.5 percent more than the previous year’s staff this fall according to contracts obtained through an open records request.

The school released the deals of eight of first-year coach Randy Edsall’s nine assistant coaches Monday, as well as the Terrapins’ two strength coaches and their director of football operations. All of the contracts run through Dec. 31, 2013, so each coach just completed the first season of a three-year deal.

Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton’s contract was not available, though the school’s legal office provided a base salary of $375,000 for the first-year assistant.

Put together, the nine full-time assistants earned at least $2.12 million in guaranteed compensation. The final staff of former coach Ralph Friedgen was guaranteed nearly $1.78 million.

The numbers demonstrate an increased financial commitment to the football program under athletic director Kevin Anderson, who was hired in September 2010. Anderson fired Friedgen late last year, absorbing a $2 million buyout in the process. He then hired Edsall, who signed a six-year, $12 million deal.

Edsall’s first year was, at best, trying. Maryland regressed from 9-4 to 2-10, matching the school record for losses in the process while setting a program mark with seven straight double-digit losses to close the season.

It notably struggled on the defensive side; the Terps rank 103rd in scoring defense, 108th in total defense and 110th in rushing defense nationally. They also allowed four 500-yard games in a six-game span late in the season, matching the number of times Friedgen’s teams yielded that amount of yardage over a 10-year span.

Defensive coordinator Todd Bradford, who was hired as a linebackers coach and was elevated to the coordinator position after Don Brown departed in February, receives a base salary of $262,500, but extras increase his guaranteed compensation to $357,440. Brown’s deal guaranteed him $307,440.

The add-ons in each assistant’s deal include compensation for radio and television appearances; personal appearances; fundraising activities; service, equipment and apparel endorsements; and car and cellphone allowances.

There was an across-the-board bump in pay compared to Maryland’s previous staff. Eight of Maryland’s assistants earned at least $180,000 this season; only three did in 2010. Four assistants from Friedgen’s last staff were guaranteed less money than the lowest paid member of Edsall’s staff.

The pay increases trickled down to other support staff. Strength and conditioning coach Andrew Wilson’s base salary is $140,000, while director of football operations Fran Foley receives a base of $110,000.

The assistants (excluding Crowton) also received $101,200 in moving expenses. Bradford received $26,200 and five other assistants were granted $15,000 apiece. Two of the assistants — offensive line coach Tom Brattan and wide receivers coach Lee Hull — were holdovers from the previous staff.

The assistants also are eligible for bonuses based on academic and on-field performance. Bradford’s maximum bonus is $100,000, while the other seven assistants (besides Crowton) could earn up to $70,000 bonuses.

The academic bonuses are based on graduation rates and the program’s Academic Progress Rate score. Maryland’s APR fell below the NCAA’s cut score in data released earlier this year, costing the Terps three of their 85 scholarships this past season.

The competitive bonuses are tied to reaching and winning the ACC title game, as well as reaching and winning a bowl game. Bradford’s deal stipulates he would receive $10,000 if Maryland made a non-BCS game and another $10,000 for winning one. The non-coordinators would receive $5,000 for a non-BCS appearance and another $5,000 for winning one.

There is one common thread through their deals, a clause stipulating that “termination shall occur in the event and on the day that Randy Edsall’s service as head coach of the team shall end.”

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