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Report: Maryland to hire Mike Locksley

Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:46 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 6:47 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Although Maryland hasn't officially parted ways with Gary Crowton just yet, it seems the school is just about ready to sign his replacement as offensive coordinator. According to a report in The Washington Post Maryland is on the verge of bringing Mike Locksley back to the program.

Locksley spent five seasons as Maryland's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator under Ralph Friedgen. His most recent job was as head coach at New Mexico where he wasn't very successful either on or off the field. The Lobos went 2-26 during Locksley's two seasons and change, but there was also the lawsuit filed against him, the time Locksley hit an assistant coach, and finally there was a recruit getting busted for a DWI in Locksley's car.

Things that might fly if the team was 26-2 instead of the other way around. Instead Locksley was canned in September after an 0-4 start.

Still, before the stinkbomb that was Locksley's time at New Mexico, he was a successful offensive coordinator at Illinois for four seasons, including 2007 when the Illini went to the Rose Bowl. He was also a very strong recruiter at the school, luring players like Arrelious Benn from Washington D.C. to Champaign, Illinois.

And it's those recruiting skills that could be a large boon to a Maryland program that's seen a lot of players transfer over the last year since Randy Edsall was hired as head coach. If Locksley can bring that recruiting skill to the Maryland program and avoid all the off the field distractions, this could turn out to be a great move for Edsall and Locksley.

Since: Nov 11, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:37 pm

Report: Maryland to hire Mike Locksley

I expect to see some of them leave UNM to follow Locksley.  Does Edsall survive next year though?  If Edsall is fired Locksley goes too and those players will have followed him for nothing.

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:52 am

Report: Maryland to hire Mike Locksley

Why is Maryland hiring a guy who had a recruit get arrested and charged with a DUI in the coaches car? I mean that isn't a huge red flag on top of punching one of his assistants? Maryland doesn't need anymore bad publicty thanks to the circus that Edsall is running at his "dream job".

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:12 pm

Report: Maryland to hire Mike Locksley

Wow. For a second there I thought that Maryland was going to make him their head coach. As a Lobo fan I was almost shocked.  Maybe he'll be more successful just having to handle the offense. And considering that a majority of his recruits to UNM came from the East coast I won't be surprised to see if a bunch of them transfer to Maryland. He might be able to do some things there as an OC, but I would still never hire him as a head coach.

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