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Locksley suspended one game

Posted on: October 13, 2009 9:26 am
Edited on: October 13, 2009 3:07 pm
 
New Mexico coach Mike Locksley reportedly has been suspended one game by the school for punching an assistant coach.

Locksley punched J.B. Gerald during a Sept. 20 meeting. New Mexico AD Paul Krebs issued verbal and written reprimands to Locksley, in his first season, before the university got involved. A formal investigation resulted in Tuesday's move. A formal announcment from the school is expected to come later today, according to the report. Locksley will miss the Oct. 24 game against UNLV.

It has not been an easy first season for the former Illinois offensive coordinator. The Lobos are 0-6 and Locksley was accused of sexual harrassment by a former football office employee. The allegations were declared "unfounded" by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to a separate report.

There was speculation that Locksley would be fired after punching Gerald. The assistant was recently placed on administrative leave and is expected to leave the university.

For now, Locksley is not the first coach fired this season. He made his reputation as a master recruiter and play caller at Maryland and Illinois among other stops. Locksley is one of seven African-American head coaches in Division I-A.

Category: NCAAF
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Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2009 10:10 pm
 

Locksley suspended one game

When will they stop adding "1 of X African-American head coaches in Division 1-A."  What relevance does this have to the story?


And why didn't Dodd mention that he was once Florida's running back coach.  Is it because this is his beloved team and he didn't want to have it tied to them?


By the way, I'm white and a huge Gator fan.  (Not that it matters.)





Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2009 5:17 pm
 

Locksley suspended one game

I absolutely hate to say it, but if he was white he would have been fired weeks ago.  I think the under-representation of blacks in the coaching ranks saved his skin - pun intended.



Since: Aug 27, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2009 4:45 pm
 

Locksley suspended one game

your the fool if u dont belive he hit anyone<>DOPE




Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2009 4:41 pm
 

Locksley suspended one game

Unless you work for the RAIDAHS!



Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2009 4:24 pm
 

Locksley suspended one game

Not severe enough, he should be fired.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2009 4:23 pm
 

Locksley suspended one game

Imagine what'll happen if the Lobos win a game the week he's suspended...



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2009 3:49 pm
 

Locksley suspended one game

So people get angry when Blount's yearlong suspension has the possibility of being dropped to 7 games, but this yahoo gets a single game suspension.  What's up with that?



Since: Oct 13, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2009 3:45 pm
 

Locksley suspended one game

I have myself previously worked for the University of New Mexico in an administrative capacity.  I can tell you for sure Locksley will not be fired.  University of New Mexico will do anything to keep its name out of the media and court at all cost.  By the way there was a punch taken at who I believe at the time was the offensive coordinator.  I live in the are still.  It is no surprise to me the team is 0-6.



Since: Aug 27, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2009 3:40 pm
 

Locksley suspended one game

your the FOOLif u really belive that<>CLOWN



Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2009 2:58 pm
 

First coach to be fired?

I live in Albuquerque and if he gets fired the punching incident will only be used as an excuse. The team looks horrible this year and the former coach, Rocky Long, was well liked by the fans. People were initially excited about Locksley but the fervor has passed. With the success of BYU, Utah and TCU in the MWC there is more pressure now for this team to succeed. The fans out here could care less about the punching of the assistant; they want the wins instead. I had heard that he is on suspension right now and will not coach the game against UNLV this weekend, but nothing official is supposed to be announced until later this afternoon. We'll see how this plays out.



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