COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland football coach Randy Edsall has been rewarded with a three-year contract extension after guiding the Terrapins to consecutive winning seasons and back-to-back bowl bids.
The extension begins in January 2017 and is worth up to $7.5 million, though only $500,000 is guaranteed. Edsall also receives an increase of $71,000 in each of the final two seasons of his original contract.
After taking over for Ralph Freidgen in 2011, Edsall went 2-10 and 4-8 in his first two seasons at Maryland. He has since brought the football program back to respectability.
In 2014, their first year in the Big Ten, the Terrapins beat Penn State and Michigan on the road and finished 4-4 in the conference, 7-6 overall. Maryland went 5-1 on the road, its most wins in a single season since 1984.
Edsall has an overall record of 20-30 at Maryland, but 14-12 over the last two years.
''Randy has made good strides in our first year in the Big Ten and our program is headed in the right direction,'' athletic director Kevin Anderson said. ''He has established a culture in which our students have made strong progress academically with outstanding graduation rates. We have made progress and we will look to continue to build upon what we have established.''
In 2014, eight Maryland players earned all-conference honors, the most ever under Edsall. Brad Craddock was awarded Maryland's first individual national honor since 2002, winning the Lou Groza Award for the nation's top kicker.
The football program's Athletic Progress Rate - which measures eligibility and retention - has reached all-time highs, and 21 student-athletes were named to the All-Big Ten Academic Team.
''I'm extremely proud of the work my players and staff have put in to making our program what it is today,'' Edsall said.