With the Terrapins on a roll of late in recruiting and making progress on the field, Maryland decided the time was right to extend the contract of football coach Randy Edsall. It was announced Tuesday that Edsall’s contract was extended an additional three years.
The Terps have posted consecutive winning seasons, while appearing in a bowl game in each of the last two years. The contract will kick in January of 2017 and is worth approximately $7.5 million, though just $500,000 is guaranteed. The bottom line is Edsall is looking at a $71,000 annual raise.
More from Don Markus of The Baltimore Sun:
Athletic director Kevin Anderson said last week that the progress the Terps have made on the field the past two seasons — they finished 7-6 each year — and the promise of a strong recruiting class in 2016 were the impetus for extending Edsall’s contract.
“Every year I’ve been here, Randy has made progress,” Anderson said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun. “Going into the Big Ten last year and having the success that we did prompted me to looking into doing this extension.”
In a statement released by the athletic department, Edsall said Tuesday: “I’m extremely proud of the work my players and staff have put in to making our program what it is today. It is rewarding for me that Kevin Anderson and [university president] Dr. Wallace Loh have recognized this process in getting the program headed in the right direction.”
Edsall, who coached at Connecticut prior to coaching Maryland, is 94-100 in his career as coach for both the Terrapins and the Huskies.