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Maryland coach Mike Locksley signs 5-year deal

Maryland football coach Mike Locksley agreed to a new five-year contract through the 2026 season on Friday.

Financial terms were not disclosed but the deal includes incentives that could extend his contract through 2028.

Locksley, 52, led the Terrapins to a 7-6 record and a 54-10 rout of Virginia Tech in the Pinstripe Bowl last season.

“Coach Locksley uses the mantra ‘The Best Is Ahead’ and it is for Maryland football,” athletic director Damon Evans said in a news release. “Coach Locks has done a great job revitalizing our football program. Last season, culminating with the emphatic win in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, demonstrated the progress he is making. Coach Locks continues to build our program and has high expectations and we know he is the man to lead us there. We are thrilled he will be leading our football program into the future as the best is certainly ahead.”

The 2021 campaign marked the first winning season for Maryland since 2014 and its first bowl wins since the 2010 Military Bowl.

Locksley is 13-23 overall at Maryland, including a 1-5 record as interim head coach in 2015 after the firing of Randy Edsall. Locksley was 2-26 as the head coach at New Mexico from 2009-11.

“Maryland is not only my dream job, but it’s also home,” Locksley said. “We are building something special here in College Park and I’m extremely grateful and honored to continue to serve as the head football coach at this outstanding university. …

“There is still plenty of work to be done to elevate this program to where I believe it should be nationally, but I know that we have the right people and structure in place to ensure that the best is ahead for the Terps.”

Maryland kicks off the 2022 season at home against Buffalo on Sept. 3.

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