Edsall family has close ties with Terps' next opponent
It's the purest of Internet blog fodder, the yearly listing of head coaching salaries in the FBS.
Who ranks where? Who deserves more? Who is overpaid? The debate was renewed on Wednesday when USA Today published the list, detailing nearly every coaching salary in big-time college football.
Two-time reigning national champion Nick Saban of Alabama leads the list with $5,545,852 in total compensation, slightly ahead of Texas' Mack Brown and his $5,453,750.
So where does Randy Edsall rank, now in his third year with the Maryland program and one win away from bowl eligibility?
Edsall checks in just about in the middle of the pack, his compensation totaling $2,025,440 with the possibility of $950,000 in bonuses. The number ranks him at No. 48 in the country, slightly behind future Big Ten counterpart Gary Andersen of Wisconsin and ahead of Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze.
He ranks eight spots ahead of the man coaching the No. 2 team in the country, Oregon's Mark Helfrich, who is in his first season at the helm after taking over for now-Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly.
Edsall ranks in similar company as some of his future colleagues in the Big Ten. Along with Andersen directly in front of him, Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald ranks No. 41, Purdue's Darrell Hazell ranks No. 43, and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio ranks No. 51.