Maryland football hires Mike Locksley as new coach: report

December 5, 2018

A month after ending the D.J. Durkin saga, the University of Maryland is hiring Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as its next head football coach, according to multiple reports.

Brett McMurphy of Stadium first reported what had been expected among Maryland circles. Locksleyis a Washington native who spent two stints as an assistant coach for Maryland, including as offensive coordinator and interim head coach. He is said to have extensive recruiting knowledge of the region.

Earlier Tuesday, Locksley won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach. The Crimson Tide have averaged 47.9 points per game in 2018, second in Division I-FBS.

He had a disastrous stint as New Mexico’s head coach that lasted less than three years, from 2009 to 2011. He went 2-26 and was fired four games into his third season. He was also suspended for 10 days for a reported physical altercation with one of his assistants.

Locklsey is expected to coach Alabama through their run in the College Football Playoff, McMurphy reported.

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