Maryland pays big for Randy Edsall

Maryland ponied up some significant cash to hire first-year coach Randy Edsall, whose $2 million-a-year salary ranks him among the top half of the highest-paid coaches in the ACC, according to The Washington Post. A few things to note about this contract:

  • The time. Athletic director Kevin Anderson gave Edsall a six-year contract, showing not only tremendous faith in his hire, but also giving Edsall more than enough time to clean up some of the mess Ralph Friedgen left behind. The NCAA hit Maryland with a loss of scholarships and practice time.

  • The incentives. According to the Baltimore Sun, Edsall will receive a $100,000 bonus if there is an annual increase in rentals of Byrd Stadium luxury suites of at least 50 percent, and an additional $100,000 if season ticket sales increase 25 percent or more in a year. The importance of bringing in more revenue via the fans is clearly high. Edsall doesn't have to campaign, or double up as Maryland's marketing director, he just has to win. Consistently.

  • Good company. When it comes to matching up with his peers, Edsall's salary puts him in good company. All of the coaches ranked ahead of him in The Washington Post have either won or played for the ACC title. Edsall needs to earn his keep if he's going to keep the company.