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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
New contract for Maryland's Locksley

By Adam Rittenberg

Maryland joined the Big Ten largely because of its financial problems and the increased revenues it would bring in from league membership.

But to compete in the Big Ten, Maryland had to make investments in its top programs. The school followed through Tuesday, signing offensive coordinator Mike Locksley to a three-year contract, according to multiple media reports. CBSsports.com's Bruce Feldman was first to report Lockley's contract. Locksley had two seasons left on his initial contract with Maryland, and the new deal goes through the 2016 season and coincides with the deals for head coach Randy Edsall and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart.

Locksley reportedly will earn around $600,000 per year, about $100,000 more than his initial contract. He has Big Ten ties as the offensive coordinator at Illinois from 2005-08. After a tumultuous two-plus seasons as New Mexico's head coach, he returned to Maryland, where he had been an assistant from 1997-2002.

A Washington D.C. native, Locksley is one of the top recruiters in the area.