Okay, seriously? Are we getting punk’d? Where’s Ashton Kutcher?
Following the announcement of two more Maryland players taking their leave of the program — which brings that total up to eight players who have left in recent weeks — Randy Edsall is now going to be in the market for a new offensive coordinator.
According to the Washington Post, and citing three sources with knowledge of the situation, Maryland OC Gary Crowton will not return to the team next season. Whether that means Crowton, who had a three-year deal with the school, resigned, was fired or otherwise is unclear at this time.
Last week, Crowton expressed his interest in the open Colorado State job. Crowton played at CSU in the late 1970’s and formerly held head coaching jobs at BYU and Louisiana Tech. That CSU opening ultimately went to Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain.
So while Crowton is apparently out at Maryland, word is beginning to grow that former New Mexico coach Mike Locksley will be brought in to replace Crowton as offensive coordinator.
If so… wow.
Locksley’s short tenure at New Mexico was nothing short of a disaster. It’s one thing to struggle in the W-L column — New Mexico had just two wins under Locksley, for the record — but a slew of off-field issues that ended with a 19-year-old kid, who may or may not have been a recruit, getting busted for a DUI in Locksley’s car subsequently ended the coach’s time with the school.
The potential hire is not completely out of left field (although it has that ring to it). Locksley was known as an ace recruiter in the Washington D.C. area, but if the hiring is indeed true, it will be yet another chapter in what has already been a strange start to the Randy Edsall era at Maryland.