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.