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Penn State is Dream Job No. 2 for James Franklin.

Dream Job No. 1 slipped out of his grasp in 2010, when Maryland hired Kevin Anderson as its athletic director.

In February 2009, Franklin was Maryland’s offensive coordinator and one of the country’s fastest-rising young assistants. He was one of the nation’s top recruiters and locked in to become the program’s next head coach. Franklin was named Maryland’s head-coach-in-waiting, patiently working alongside former coach Ralph Friedgen as offensive coordinator and waiting for his turn as the CEO of the struggling program.

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G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty ImagesNew Penn State coach James Franklin, shown in 2010 as Maryland's offensive coordinator, was once Maryland's head-coach-in-waiting.
“I always dreamed of this opportunity,” Franklin, a two-time assistant with the Terps, said at that time. “I think I have a pretty unique perspective on the university and what it’s going to take to be successful here. Really, our plan and our discussion was about continuing to build off the foundation Ralph has laid here and continue to build this program into one of the elite programs in the country.”

How ironic.

As Maryland heads into the Big Ten next season, James Franklin is going to be the Terps’ worst nightmare. (Well, him and Ohio State ...)

He’s already established as a recruiter in Maryland’s backyard, working the high schools of the District of Columbia and the surrounding counties of Maryland. He’s well connected with high school coaches, prospects and their families throughout the Baltimore-Washington-Pennsylvania territories -- all areas that the Nittany Lions have successfully recruited in the past. (Franklin, a native of Langhorne, Pa., versus Mike Locksley in recruiting will be as good as any rivalry in the ACC – or the Big Ten, for that matter.) Franklin is an energetic, passionate young coach who will take over a program that – despite all its lingering issues – still has more resources and support than Maryland.

And yet there was a time when Maryland was the only place he wanted to be.

Franklin used to spend his Thanksgivings at the University of Maryland, where his aunt used to work in admissions. Franklin, a graduate of East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, had plenty of connections to the area, much as he does to Penn State. When Anderson was hired in 2010, though, he made it very clear that while Franklin could be a candidate to replace Friedgen, there was no guarantee Anderson would honor the coach-in-waiting plan.

In retrospect, it was a smart move by Anderson. Had Franklin stuck around and not been named head coach by January 2012, Maryland would have owed him $1 million. By letting Franklin know there were no promises, it not only opened the door for him to leave on his own, it encouraged the move before Friedgen was even fired. Had Franklin still been on staff when Friedgen was fired, many would have expected Franklin to take over.

So when Vanderbilt called, Franklin had little choice but to answer.

Vandy’s win was Maryland’s loss, as it was impossible not to compare the direction of the programs during Anderson’s tenure.

The Commodores' 24-15 record under Franklin matched the legendary Dan McGugin for the most victories in school history by a coach in his first three seasons. For the first time in the program’s 124-year history, Vandy was ranked in the AP Top 25 in back-to-back seasons. Vanderbilt's 41-24 win over Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl gave the Commodores back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time in program history.

Meanwhile, Maryland was thrilled just to get to a bowl game for the first time under Randy Edsall – a bowl game they lost Dec. 27 to Marshall in nearby Annapolis.

While the decision made sense to many at the time and eliminated a sticky situation on Maryland’s coaching staff, Maryland will now continue to be haunted by the one who got away.

The timing of the hire is certainly uncanny.

Once seemingly inseparable, Maryland and James Franklin are heading to the Big Ten together -- and yet they couldn’t be further apart.

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What to watch in the ACC: Week 11

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Clemson and Georgia Tech have the weekend off. The other 12 ACC teams take the field for Week 11, which includes two nonconference contests, with one serving just slightly bigger than the other.

Here is what to keep an eye on as we enter the home stretch in the ACC:

1. FSU looks to avoid letdown: The Seminoles have a lot to lose the rest of the way, starting Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C., where they lost two years ago. It is telling, in a good way, that the word "adversity" has been thrown around so much in regard to Florida State's most recent contest. It was a 41-14 win against a previously undefeated and seventh-ranked Miami team. And its quarterback, despite whatever criticisms were lobbied his way, finished with an adjusted total QBR of 94.6, sixth best in the nation for the week. If this team ever got its act together …

2. Wake adjusts to life without Campanaro: Wake Forest is without all-time leading receiver Michael Campanaro, probably for the season, after the redshirt senior broke his collarbone in a loss at Syracuse. Coach Jim Grobe was honest about how difficult things now are offensively without Campanaro, who, despite missing the first game of the season, had 67 catches -- or 52 more than Jonathan Williams and Sherman Ragland III, the Demon Deacons' next-highest catchers, with 15 apiece.

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3. Marquise Williams' time at UNC: Bryn Renner's North Carolina career is over because of a detached labrum and fracture in his non-throwing shoulder suffered in a win over NC State. He had split plenty of time lately with Williams, who started the Virginia Tech game, but now it is the redshirt sophomore's chance to carry the Tar Heels to the postseason. They can inch a step closer toward with a win over Virginia that would make them 4-5. Williams has completed better than 60 percent of his passes this season for 537 yards with six touchdowns and three picks, adding 201 yards and a score on the ground.

4. C.J. Brown's return: Maryland is on the brink of its first bowl berth under third-year coach Randy Edsall, and the expected return of its quarterback should provide a big boost against Syracuse. Caleb Rowe has been so-so in Brown's place as starter, going 1-2. Brown's return after a concussion and then a "trunk injury" cannot come at a better time for a Terrapins team that has dropped three of four, though he will have to adjust to a receiving corps that has been decimated by season-ending injuries to Stefon Diggs and Deon Long.

5. Terps honor former Cuse halfback: Kudos to Maryland, which will pay tribute Saturday to Wilmeth Sidat-Singh, who was barred from the Syracuse-Maryland 1937 game because he was black. Orange players will wear No. 19 decals on their helmets in memory of Sidat-Singh, whose family will join both schools' athletic directors and Maryland pioneer Darryl Hill between the first and second quarters for an on-field tribute. Sidat-Singh had joined the Army after Pearl Harbor and was in the first graduating class of the group later known as Tuskegee Airmen. He was killed on a training flight in 1943 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

6. Duke looks to finish strong: Whether it is fair to criticize the Blue Devils' late-season slide last season, the fact remains that they went winless after clinching bowl eligibility in 2012. Things are different this time around, especially with a defense playing night and day from earlier this season and with the Coastal Division potentially up for grabs. Duke will need to keep its foot on the pedal as it comes off a historic win and a bye week to face a desperate NC State team that has dropped four straight and remains winless in ACC play.

7. Logan Thomas looks to rebound: Virginia Tech's redshirt senior quarterback was unusually defiant this week when speaking to reporters in Blacksburg, Va., about criticism that has come his way. Thomas had appeared to turn a corner midseason but his turnovers woes have bubbled to the surface these last two weeks, as he threw four picks in a loss to Duke and threw two more, and lost two fumbles, in a loss at Boston College. Still, a strong performance at a Miami team coming off its first loss of the season could play the Hokies right back into the thick of things in the Coastal Division race.

8. Crawford, Miami look to rebound: It's Dallas Crawford's time to step up, as the Hurricanes will turn to the redshirt sophomore first after losing Duke Johnson for the season. In looking to rebound from its loss No. 1 and maintain control of the Coastal Division, coach Al Golden said all three backs will probably see time in the first quarter Saturday against Virginia Tech. Crawford is expected to get the bulk of the carries after rushing for 294 yards and nine touchdowns so far this season.

9. ND-Pitt theatrics: Will it be like the four-overtime game from 2008? The ugly 15-12 contest from 2011, a game that, fittingly, featured 666 total yards of offense? Or last year's triple-overtime near upset? When the Irish and Panthers take the field, craziness ensues, and who knows what awaits a prime-time audience at Heinz Field in a game featuring two banged-up teams.

10. Pitt's offense looks to get it together: The Panthers defended the option well in recent weeks, holding Navy and Georgia Tech to 24 and 21 points, respectively. But the offense simply has to score points after breaking the 21-point plateau just once in its past five games, against Old Dominion (35). The run game in particular has struggled, tallying minus-5 yards last week against the Yellow Jackets, but the passing game could use some big plays as well.
Now that preseason practice is underway across the ACC, Andrea Adelson and Heather Dinich have decided to tackle one burning question -- Who is under more pressure to win now, Virginia coach Mike London or Maryland coach Randy Edsall?

Andrea says: London has everything in place to win

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Peter Casey/US PRESSWIREMike London cannot withstand yet another 4-8 season if he's to remain the Cavaliers' head coach.
So you want to talk about pressure to win right now? Let us take a looksee at what London has in Charlottesville headed into 2013:

  • Only one winning season in three years at Virginia. (Must win ASAP!)
  • A roster with only a handful of players he did not recruit himself (His own guys are in place!).
  • A revamped coaching staff, featuring over 100 years combined experience (He has seasoned vets to help!)
  • A schedule that features eight home games (Talk about an advantage!)
  • No quarterback controversy (For once!)
  • A recruiting class for 2014 ranked in the Top 16 already (Gotta keep 'em together!)

Add up all these pieces, and, well, London has got to win right now. He is going into Year 4, not Year 1 or 2. His system is in place. His players are in place. He knows how to coach (one FCS national championship, one ACC Coach of the Year award), and he certainly knows how to recruit (four five-stars in the 2013 class, including ESPN 300 Taquan “Smoke” Mizzell).

Another 4-8 season to accompany the 4-8 seasons in 2010 and 2012 is just not going to cut it. In three years, London has won eight out of 24 conference games for a winning percentage of 33 percent. Simply put, there is no such thing as longevity for coaches that cannot produce over an extended period. Today, four years is considered an extended period.

Now, there is no question London faces a bear of a nonconference schedule this year, with games against BYU and Oregon to open the season. The nonconference slates will be difficult for the forseeable future thanks to some aggressive scheduling. This is a fact of life London has to deal with, and he has made no excuses for them. In fact, he has embraced the challenges, as he should.

But let’s forget about the nonconference schedule. Because that has no bearing on the first objective -- winning the ACC. Virginia plays in the most wide open division in the league. In-state rival Virginia Tech was down last year; Miami has major problems to address on defense; North Carolina has to replace its three best players; Georgia Tech needs to find consistency both on offense and defense; Pitt is new; and Duke has a new starting quarterback and defensive problems to address as well.

I completely understand the argument for Edsall, especially given the Terps’ future in the Big Ten. But expectations for Maryland in the Big Ten cannot be the same as expectations for Maryland in the ACC. Virginia, on the other hand, is in the most winnable division in the league and London does not have to worry about playing in a tougher conference.

He has everything in place.

Pressure’s on.

Heather says: Edsall is the one with the warmer seat

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AP Photo/Steve HelberGiven Maryland's 2013 schedule, the time is now for Randy Edsall to put up a winning record.
London has already been named the ACC’s Coach of the Year and taken his team to the Chick-fil-A Bowl during his tenure at Virginia.

Edsall is 6-18 in two seasons at Maryland, with only three conference wins -- that’s three ACC wins, for those of you who might be confused by allegiances these days.

Both coaches have something to prove this fall, but the seat in College Park is a wee bit warmer.

It’s now or never for Edsall, because if he can’t win in the ACC, he’s not going to win much next year in the Big Ten. And clearly, athletic director Kevin Anderson has no problem swapping coaches -- or conferences.

This year, the pieces are in place for Maryland to take a significant step forward. The program has more than one playmaker to complement standout receiver Stefon Diggs, including highly touted junior college transfer Deon Long, and much-improved receiver Nigel King. Three starters return to the offensive line, and the quarterbacks -- all of them -- are finally healthy after four were sidelined last year with injuries. The defense will have to rebuild after losing some of the team’s top leaders from 2012, but with three starters returning, the secondary should be a strength. Equally as important is a friendly nonconference schedule that includes FIU, Old Dominion and Connecticut. With first-year coaches at the helm, it’s a good time to take advantage of Boston College, NC State and Syracuse in the Atlantic Division.

Next year?

Ohio State. At Wisconsin. At Penn State. Michigan State. At Michigan.

Whew. Good thing Rutgers joined the Big Ten.

London will go through a gauntlet of a schedule this year, with BYU, Oregon and Clemson all coming to town. Virginia, though, currently has the No. 16 recruiting class in the country. The Hoos have a brand new shiny indoor facility to show off. The Terps are playing from behind in both categories, as Edsall told the Baltimore Business Journal this past spring that Maryland will be the only school in the Big Ten without an indoor practice facility, and will have the smallest weight room in the conference.

Recruiting isn’t going to get any easier for Edsall as long as facilities continue to lag behind.

To be fair, last year wasn’t just forgivable for Edsall, it was to be applauded. With four quarterbacks injured, that coaching staff found a way to win four games with a backup linebacker heaving passes. Maryland lost three games by a total of eight points and lost five games by 10 or fewer points. With C.J. Brown returning at quarterback this fall, expectations are automatically higher.

Expectations, though, were higher when Edsall was hired.

Talkin' Terps and the ACC

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Maryland and the ACC are in court right now presenting their cases to a judge, who will try to determine if the lawsuit will be tried in North Carolina or Maryland.

Colleague Ivan Maisel and I tried to figure this out for you in the latest ESPNU College Football Podcast.

A spokesman for the Maryland attorney general's office told me the hearing is expected to last about three to four hours, there are no witnesses, and that it's possible the judge may rule from the bench. It's also possible there is no ruling at all today.

Maryland president Wallace Loh, athletic director Kevin Anderson, and University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwin will all be in attendance this afternoon, but they are not going to comment publicly. Stay tuned.
CHICAGO -- Maryland has made no secret of the fact that money played a huge role in its move from the ACC to the Big Ten.

The school's athletic program cut seven varsity sports last June to offset the department's multimillion-dollar deficit. In announcing the Big Ten move, Maryland president Wallace Loh said he never again wanted to tell student-athletes that their sport couldn't be funded. The Big Ten's massive financial projections ultimately were too good for Maryland, a founding member of the ACC, to pass up.

Maryland is working toward reaching stable financial footing again.

"It isn't finalized yet, but we're looking at probably by 2017 or 2018 that we'll be able to balance the budget and be stable financially," athletic director Kevin Anderson said Tuesday.

Maryland won't get a full Big Ten revenue share until it has been in the league for five years, Anderson said. The same holds true for Nebraska, which joined in 2011.

Anderson talked about the challenges the Big Ten presents for Maryland and the financial commitment the school must make to compete, especially in football. The Terrapins will be in the same division as Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State beginning in 2014.

"We're looking at places where we might have to make more of an impact," Anderson said. "At some point, we know we will have to make a bigger commitment than what we're making now."

Some Maryland fans initially expressed disappointment about the Big Ten move because the Terps will leave behind many of their longtime rivals in the ACC. But Anderson sees fans warming up to the new league.

"One of the things that excites them and our student-athletes is they know when they travel, they're going to play in front of a lot of people," Anderson said. "That hasn't always been the case with the ACC."
Head coaching salaries have been on the rise for years. So have assistant coach salaries, sparking a further separation between the programs that can pay and the programs that cannot.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that athletic directors have seen their salaries grow as well.

USA Today, which annually compiles head coaching salaries, recently found FBS athletic directors make an average of $515,000. That is an increase of more than 14 percent since USA Today last reported on AD salaries in 2011.

The ACC beats that average. Of the available salaries compiled by USA Today, ACC athletic directors were set to make an average of $602,829 in 2013. All but two made more than $500,000 -- Kevin Anderson at Maryland ($499,490), and Randy Spetman at Florida State ($350,00).

That doesn't count incoming Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, who makes a cool $1.4 million -- the highest paid athletic director at a public school. Only nine athletic directors make $1 million or more. The next highest paid public school AD is Dan Radakovich at Clemson, checking in at $725,000.

Boston College and Miami, two private schools, did not disclose figures.

While Spetman's salary has remained the same for the past several years, it still surprises me that the athletic director at one of the most high-profile football programs in the nation is the lowest paid in his league. And one of the lowest paid in the entire state of Florida. Florida AD Jeremy Foley makes more than $1 million; USF AD Doug Woolard makes nearly $500,000; Todd Stansbury at UCF makes just a smidge more ($375,000); and FIU AD Pete Garcia makes $441,832.

I know Spetman has faced his share of criticism, and the Noles have fought through some financial problems. They do pay Jimbo Fisher $2.75 million -- the highest paid coach in the ACC. But something seems off when the ADs at FIU, UCF and USF make more than the guy at Florida State.

Here are is the complete list of AD salaries in the ACC, thanks to USA Today.
  • Tom Jurich, Louisville: $1.4 million*
  • Kevin White, Duke, $906,536
  • Dan Radakovich, Clemson: $725,000
  • Ron Wellman, Wake Forest: $688,000
  • Mike Bobinski, Georgia Tech: $625,000
  • Jim Weaver, Virginia Tech: $621,529
  • Steve Pederson, Pitt: $596,595
  • Craig Littlepage, Virginia: $586,750
  • Daryl Gross, Syracuse: $570,057
  • Bubba Cunningham, North Carolina: $565,000
  • Debbie Yow, NC State: $500,000
  • Kevin Anderson, Maryland: $499,490**
  • Randy Spetman, Florida State: $350,000
  • Brad Bates, Boston College: NA
  • Blake James, Miami: NA

*Louisville expected to join ACC in 2014

** Maryland will depart ACC in 2014

Terps to Big Ten: Good or bad?

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Maryland is on the move, breaking ties with its conference home for the past 59 years.

University officials made no bones about their reason -- money. Tradition: out the window. Rivalries: out the window. Student-athletes: nobody thinks much about them anymore, do they? Fans: they will understand once they see the bottom line, right?

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"It guarantees our athletic department and our university financial stability,” athletic director Kevin Anderson said during the news conference Monday announcing the move. "We have done so much with so little for so long."

Not everybody is thrilled with the move. Former Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell said, "I think it’s ridiculous, a big mistake. At Maryland it’s all about money. This was done solely for money and that’s not what college athletics is about."

Tom McMillen, the lone dissenting vote among the Board of Regents, told The Washington Post, "When there is no time for deliberation, when commissioners flush with dollars from their conference are dictating to college presidents -- when student-athletes and coaches aren’t even brought into the conversation and traditions are thrown away like dirty laundry -- there is a recipe for something all right,” he said. “In my view, how this was handled will have long-term detrimental effects on college sports.

"I’m not saying we shouldn’t do this. I’m saying they wanted us two years ago. They will want us in two more years. To totally disregard the athletes and have this crammed down everyone’s throat over a weekend is just awful."

Maryland officials obviously disagree. Now it is time to hear what you think. Vote in our poll, and let us know if you think the Terps made the right move.

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One more day until flight leaves for Greensboro ...

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Syracuse will make the leap in July, 2013. I'd be shocked if Pitt didn't follow in time.
Contrary to some published reports and speculation, Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson is not leaving College Park for Stanford. Anderson told ESPN's Andy Katz he is staying with the Terps.

Anderson issued the following statement through Maryland:

“I am not in discussion nor have I been with Stanford University regarding their open athletic director position as I am committed to being the director of athletics at the University of Maryland. My focus and energy are committed to working to enhance the student-athlete experience and the competitive and financial success at the University of Maryland. We have just begun the transformation of the athletic department and I look forward to seeing this through.”
Maryland linebacker Lukas Foreman is suspended from the team for one year due to violation of the school's student-athlete code of conduct, the school announced Wednesday.

"Being a University of Maryland student-athlete carries a tremendous honor and responsibility," athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a release. "As much as we appreciate the effort this young man gave to the program this season, he was unable to live up to that responsibility. We're certainly disappointed, but hope that he will use this as a learning experience."

A 6-foot-3, 205-pound Naples, Fla., native, Foreman redshirted during his freshman season last fall, when he was a defensive back. He moved to linebacker before spring practice this season.
Kevin Anderson's brief tenure as Maryland's athletic director has been anything but smooth sailing so far.

A 2-10 season for the Terrapins' football team under first-year coach Randy Edsall -- on the heels of a nine-win campaign before the departure of Ralph Friedgen -- has played a big part in creating an uncertain future for the athletic department. Anderson acknowledges that in an interview with the Baltimore Sun's Don Markus, but he believes in the direction Edsall is taking the Terrapins.
"The high school coaches around here have received him [Edsall] very well and a young man like [Stefon] Diggs and some of these other people, if their parents and these kids thought he wasn't a good coach or a good person, they had a lot of other options," Anderson said. "They have to believe in what we're trying to do and what we're trying to establish.

"We still have some challenges. I would be foolish to sit up here and tell you that it was going to be easy, but at the end of the day, we will have success here and we will have success at the highest level ... Randy has a great track record at making sure both academically as well as athletically that his teams have been competitive. That's the other thing that I looked at and that's why I believe that we'll be successful as we continue to go down this path."

Maryland's men's basketball team went just 6-10 in ACC play this past season under first-year coach Mark Turgeon, but whatever negativity surrounds the program pales in comparison to the attention engulfing Edsall and the football team.

Anderson believes a big part in the difference in perception was that former basketball coach Gary Williams endorsed the hiring of Turgeon after retiring. Anderson tells Markus that it hurts him to see some of the attacks on Edsall -- who has had 13 players with remaining eligibility leave the program since season's end, and 25 since he was hired -- but he will push forward if things don't improve much for the football team this fall.
"Then we're just going to have alternative plans to get through that, and make things happen the way they will, " Anderson said. "Eventually it will happen. If it doesn't, some other people that I report to will have to answer that question as well. I know I have the support of the president, the chancellor. They see what we're trying to do. I think they feel confident that we're going to get it done. I believe our vision and what we want for the institution is the right thing. At some point in time, I've seen it happen with other people, if they don't believe that, wherever the cards fall, they'll fall. But I can go to sleep at night knowing we're doing the right thing."

Hits keep on coming for Randy Edsall

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Maryland coach Randy Edsall has become a punching bag for the national and local media recently.

From Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post:
Men, there are four ways of doing things aboard my ship: the right way, the wrong way, the Navy way and my way — the Randy Edsall way. Let me say this: We do things my way and no one else’s, because Randy Edsall is all about one thing, and one thing only. And that’s Randy Edsall.
From Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com:
This is the sort of thing that should turn stomachs because it's so unfair to Danny O'Brien. And because it's so Randy Edsall. Edsall is a hypocrite of the highest order.

And Michael Rosenberg of SI.com didn't stop at Edsall ... he went after Maryland's entire administration:
A major university should do what is right, instead of what's convenient. The University of Maryland should be better than the people who have been hired to run it.

Edsall also got grilled recently by co-host Andy Pollin on WTEM’sSports Reporters:"
AP: This is the first time we’ve had a chance to talk to you since the season ended, so I wanna cover a couple things. One is, you’ve just completed one of the worst — if not the worst — seasons in Maryland history. You have replaced your offensive and defensive coordinator. Numerous players have left with eligibility remaining, including a three-year starting offensive tackle. And I gotta be honest with you, I’ve said this on the air, that I don’t think you should be returning as head coach, and I wonder how you respond to that and others who feel the same way.

And you thought it couldn't get worse after a 2-10 season? Edsall's record in his first season was just the beginning. The departure of quarterback Danny O'Brien has become a national story and a public relations nightmare for Maryland. Rosenberg of SI.com is absolutely right: This problem is bigger than Edsall and it goes straight to the top. Maryland AD Kevin Anderson can finally get something right by cutting O'Brien loose. Funny thing is, the perception lately seems to be that O'Brien isn't the one who should have to go.
Maryland is practically writing its own book of bad business decisions.

Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley’s contract, which includes some of the most absurd incentives I’ve ever heard of, is the latest eyebrow-raising move by athletic director Kevin Anderson.

You would think that a $500k salary and a need to shake the ghosts of the past would be enough motivation for Locksley to succeed in College Park as both a coordinator and a recruiter. Oh no. Anderson took it even further:

Incentive: Locksley will receive $25,000 if Maryland is in the top 40 of the Rivals.com or Scout.com rankings on signing day. He also will receive $20,000 if the Terps rank among the top four teams in the ACC on signing day.

Problem: This is an embarrassing endorsement of fan-based recruiting services which coaches repeatedly, emphatically insist they do not pay attention to -- nor should they. Coaches should be trusting their own evaluations, not the star systems of others. This encourages the opposite. Not only that, but if Maryland isn’t bringing in top 40 classes -- regardless of the recruiting service -- there’s a problem. Add to that the danger of dangling thousands in front of a coach who is already immersed in the sketchy business of recruiting, and there’s even more temptation for the recruiter to break the rules. Here’s an idea: How about just giving Locksley a bonus for each recruiting class that sticks around long enough to graduate and finish in the Associated Press Top 25?

Incentive: Locksley will receive $15,000 each time Maryland finishes in the top four in the ACC in total offense and scoring offense, and an additional $10,000 if the Terps lead the conference in either category.

Problem: Poor William & Mary. Talk about incentive to run up the score on the little guys in the nonconference schedule, or to pull a West Virginia and keep throwing in the end zone when you’re up six touchdowns or so. Isn’t this what Locksley’s salary is for? Isn’t this what he’s getting paid to do? Score points??

Here's the kicker ... all of that money and those incentives completely trump the maximum of $5,000 Locksley would receive if the graduation success rate is greater than or equal to 85 percent. It's more than the $5,000 max he would get if the APR is greater than or equal to .950. Lead the ACC in total offense, though, and Locksley just got $25k richer.

Unlike former offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, who was fired after just one season, you better believe this contract was actually signed. And don’t be surprised if Anderson winds up paying for it.

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