Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley will be introduced as the new coach at New Mexico on Tuesday. CBBSports.com first reported Monday that Locksley was the front runner and likely to be hired this week.
Locksley just completed his fourth season at Illinois and is known for his recruiting ability. He is credited with opening up the Washington, D.C. area to the Illini. It was there that head coach Ron Zook was able to snag standout receiver Arrelious Benn.
Locksley's name came up at Syracuse but obviously the Orange are going a different direction. East Carolina coach Skip Holtz shot down a report that he had accepted the job over the weekend. However, he remains interested.
The 38-year-old Locksley is a Washington, D.C. native and coached with Zook for two years at Florida. He does not have any apparent ties with New Mexico. Locksley received much credit for the Illini getting to the Rose Bowl last season. However, the offense struggled this season and quarterback Juice Williams' output declined.
Rocky Long resigned on Nov. 17 at New Mexico after 11 seasons as head coach.