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Terps’ hiring of Locksley made official

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Following up on speculation that’s been making the rounds for a week or so, Maryland announced in a press release that Mike Locksley has been named as the Terrapins’ offensive coordinator.

The move is a homecoming of sorts for Locksley as he was raised in Washington D.C and spent six years (1998-02) as an assistant coach at the school as well.  Locksley was hired as New Mexico’s head coach in December of 2008 but was fired before the midpoint of the 2011 season, ending a turbulent and scandal-plagued tenure with the Lobos.

Locksley will replace Gary Crowton, who was moved into a non-coaching administrative role last week but will be leaving the football program in three months to pursue other opportunities.

“Mike is passionate about Maryland football and we’re happy to welcome him back home,” head coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “He has a tremendous offensive mind and his recruiting ties to the state of Maryland and the Washington, DC, area will play a key role for us moving forward. He brings excellent qualifications and a commitment to upholding the excellent standards of our university.”

In addition to his role as coordinator for Edsall, Locksley will also serve as quarterbacks coach.

“I’ve always had an affinity for this university and am honored to have the opportunity to rejoin the Maryland Terrapins family,” Locksley said. “I look forward to working with Coach Edsall and focusing my energy on leading our offense and recruiting student-athletes that will make a positive mark on the field and in our community.”

Prior to his time with the Lobos, Locksley served as the coordinator at Illinois from 2005-2008.

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8 Responses to “Terps’ hiring of Locksley made official”
  1. soumiss says: Dec 22, 2011 11:44 AM

    Just curious, is Maryland keeping their Defensive Co-ordinator?

  2. tsimpson50 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:08 PM

    New Mexico coach Mike Locksley was fired Sunday, one day after yet another tough loss and another embarassing off-the-field incident.

    Athletic director Paul Krebs announced Locksley’s dismissal in a statement and said associate head coach and defensive coordinator George Barlow will serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season.

    Krebs said he will hold a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss the coaching change.

    Locksley won two games in two-plus seasons, for a career record of 2-26. The Lobos dropped to 0-4 this season after losing to FCS Sam Houston State 48-45 on Saturday before an announced crowd of 16,313 at University Stadium in Albuquerque. It was the Lobos’ smallest home crowd in almost 19 years.

    A school official said Joshua Butts, 19, borrowed a vehicle from Locksley’s son, who’s a walk-on player for the Lobos.

    The SUV is registered to Meiko Locksley and Mike Locksley’s wife, Kia, according to athletic department spokesman Frank Mercogliano.

    Police said Butts claimed he was brought from Chicago to play football for the Lobos. Mercogliano said Butts isn’t a recruit and isn’t on the team.

    Butts is facing charges of aggravated DWI, being a minor in possession of alcohol, reckless driving and driving without a license, police said.

    It was just the latest string of missteps for Locksley.

    In 2009, Locksley was served with a one-game suspension for punching one of his assistant coaches. He also was sued for sexual harassment by a former administrative assistant, though he resolved all legal claims in that matter.

    After New Mexico completed another 1-11 season last year, the Lobos decided to retain him — in part because they could not afford the $1.4 million buyout to his contract.

    Locksley was hired in December 2008 after four seasons as Illinois’ offensive coordinator. He replaced Rocky Long, who resigned after reaching five bowl games in 11 seasons with New Mexico.

  3. tsimpson50 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:09 PM

    New Mexico coach Mike Locksley has been fired. Athletic director Paul Krebs announced Locksley’s dismissal in a statement and said associate head coach and defensive coordinator George Barlow will serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season.

    This news came on the heels of a 48-45 loss to Sam Houston State of the Football Championship Subdivision and an off-field incident involving 19-year old Joshua Butts, who claimed to be a Lobo recruit. Butts was arrested for DWI in a vehicle registered to Locksley and his wife.

    The Lobos are 0-4 this season. They were 2-26 under Locksley, including consecutive 1-11 seasons the past two years, and he appeared to be on the verge of being fired last December. However, a buyout reportedly would have cost the university almost $1.5 million.

    New Mexico lost 48-45 in overtime Saturday to Sam Houston State before an announced crowd of 16,313 at University Stadium in Albuquerque. It was the Lobos’ smallest home crowd in almost 19 years.

    Before the game, Albuquerque police arrested a man claiming to be a New Mexico football recruit on suspicion of driving while intoxicated near the stadium.

    A school official said Joshua Butts, 19, borrowed a vehicle from Locksley’s son, who’s a walk-on player for the Lobos.

    The SUV is registered to Meiko Locksley and Mike Locksley’s wife, Kia, according to athletic department spokesman Frank Mercogliano.

    Police said Butts claimed he was brought from Chicago to play football for the Lobos. Mercogliano said Butts isn’t a recruit and isn’t on the team.

    Butts is facing charges of aggravated DWI, being a minor in possession of alcohol, reckless driving and driving without a license, police said.

  4. noaxetogrind says: Dec 22, 2011 12:34 PM

    Okay, I get your point tsimpson50. I must say I agree with you. Locksley has been an embarassment to college coaches for a while now. It has nothing to do with his abysmal record at New Mexico. It is his off the field behavior that is so disappointing. One can only hope he has had a change of heart and plans on living a life of integrity now. Just at New Mexico, charged with assault, sexual harrassment and providing inappropriate benefits in a span of 24 months. Notorious for inappropriate behavior, maybe somehow he will clean it up now for Edsall. The Maryland situation is not a pretty one right now with the incredible numbers of transfers. Edsall really lost his team when he told them after the FSU game that they “weren’t talented enough” to beat teams like FSU. Oddly enough, they had enough talent the year before to win 8. Hope this isn’t a desperation move by Edsall to right a sinking ship.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:35 PM

    A tremendous offensive mind? Somebody has been drinking the funny cool aid. Look at his won-loss record at NM. They would be better off taking an unknown HS coach. Unbelievable – to retread a proven loser.

  6. octerp says: Dec 22, 2011 12:55 PM

    I’ll spell it out for those of you that are missing the point. R-E-C-R-U-I-T-I-N-G He OWNS the DC/Balt/NoVa area…..one of the nations best FB talent locales.

  7. noaxetogrind says: Dec 22, 2011 3:15 PM

    octerp, actually a lot of us do get it. What apparently you don’t quite get is that a lot of head coaches and athletic departments have a threshold for how much unethical conduct they are willing to accept in the name of recruiting. Mike Locksley is considered very damaged goods and unhirable by many administrations. Apparently Maryland is not of them. As for Locks owning DC, I don’t think schools like Texas, USC, Florida & Alabama are now crossing it off their list in fear of getting shut out.

  8. 78lion says: Dec 22, 2011 3:37 PM

    Geez, they fired him for giving a playstation to a recruit, now they are hiring him back!

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