The contracts released Friday of Maryland's assistant men's basketball coaches provide the tangible evidence of what we long suspected to be true -- it's a new era in assistants' salaries.
It was just several years ago that the salaries of Maryland's men's assistants ranked at or near the bottom of Atlantic Coast Conference schools.
Times sure have changed.
For former hoops coach Gary Williams, the relatively low salaries of his assistants was further proof of his unpleasant relationship with then-boss Debbie Yow. He complained about the salaries of Keith Booth, Chuck Driesell and Rob Ehsan.
Things changed when Kevin Anderson arrived as AD. I reported last July that Maryland is paying Dalonte Hill about $300,000 to be an assistant coach on Mark Turgeon's staff.
Here are some tidbits about the contracts of Hill, Scott Spinelli and Bino Ranson. The pacts were released pursuant to public records requests.
*The contracts Maryland signed last year with the three assistants were for one year, and all end within a few months. Maryland cited privacy considerations and would not comment on whether all three deals will be re-upped. But, just between us ("Can we talk?"), I'm not expecting any departures.
*Dalonte Hill makes a guaranteed $300,000. Now we know Spinelli's ($200,000) and Ranson's ($170,000) salaries as well, excluding auto and cell stipends.
*Of the current assistants, Ranson is the one whose contract is loaded with competitive bonuses -- including $10,000 for a team graduation rate of 75 percent or better, and $8,000 for an ACC regular-season title.
Here's a competitive bonus I remember: In 2010, Williams got $318,000 for finishing in a tie (with Duke) in the ACC regular-season standings. Now that's a bonus.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times