As schools like Kansas and North Carolina have wasted little time with their vacancies, the Maryland football coaching search has been quiet. One big name assistant has been connected to the job for weeks, however: Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.
The Washington, D.C. native and two-time Maryland staffer has helped Tua Tagovailoa and the Alabama offense become a truly devastating unit this season.
This weekend, the Crimson Tide face Georgia in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. After that, it sounds like he will be interviewing for the Terrapins job.
According to one report, Mike Locksley is a "leading candidate" for the Maryland football opening.
From Football Scoop:
Sources told FootballScoop that Maryland is waiting on Mike Locksley, who has told the Terps he will not interview until Alabama’s SEC Championship game versus Georgia is complete.
Once said game is complete, Locksley is expected to interview with the understanding that if all goes well, Locksley is the leading candidate.
Locksley makes sense for Maryland on a number of levels. Few coaches of his caliber have the connections to the area that he does.He played at Towson, coached running backs at the school from 1997-2002, and returned as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Randy Edsall from 2012-2015.
However, this wouldn't be Locksley's first go-around as head coach. He was at New Mexico from 2009-2011, and it was an absolute disaster. The Lobos went 2-26 on the field, and the off-field issues were just as bad.
During his first season, he served an unpaid 10-day suspension for a physical altercation with assistant coach J.B. Gerald. Gerald accused the Lobos head coach of throwing a punch, something that Locksley has denied.In 2011, he was fired after an 0-4 start to the season, and a 19-year old friend of his son was arrested for driving a car registered to the younger Locksley while intoxicated.
A few years with Nick Saban can go a long way, and Locksley is just the latest client of the legendary's coach's unofficial career rehabilitation program.
Still, with the dysfunction in the Maryland football program, Locksley might not be the most wise choice though, even if he checks many boxes.