Maryland will hire Mike Locksley as next coach

Former UNM football coach lands job at Maryland

U.Md. looks to Alabama’s Mike Locksley as next head football coach

They hired the former New Mexico head coach who had a 2-26 record in slightly over two seasons leading the Lobos and a 1-5 record as Maryland's interim coach in 2015 after Randy Edsall was sacked.

Locksley's offensive schemes helped lead Alabama to a 13-0 record this season and it will be competing against Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff on December 29.

Earlier Tuesday, Locksley won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.

For Locksley, 48, it's a return to Maryland.

The former IL offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and Washington, D.C., native, will take over for Matt Canada, who was the Terrapins' interim head coach during the 2018 season following the suspension and eventual termination of D.J. Durkin. This has always been a special place for me and my family, and I am honored to take on this role at the state's flagship institution.

In his one season in control of the Crimson Tide's offense, top-ranked Alabama averaged 527.6 yards per game, with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa named as one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy on Monday. "Our focus will always be to help them become more successful in all areas of their life through their association with our program".

He has the pedigree of having spent the past three years with coach Nick Saban at top-ranked Alabama and was this week named the this year's Frank Broyles Award victor, given annually to the nation's top assistant in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

A Washington native, Locksley previously worked as running backs coached at the University of Maryland from 1997 to 2002. Following stints as the defensive coordinator at Florida and Michigan, Durkin went 10-15 in his first two seasons leading the Terps.

Maryland's football program has been under intense scrutiny after the death of student-athlete Jordan McNair in June following a team workout in May. Maryland fired Durkin on October 31.

Another head coaching vacancy has been filled. First laid with medical personnel, which "misdiagnosed" McNair's ailments - according to university President Wallace Loh - the blame soon also fell on Durkin for allegedly fostering a toxic culture of intimidation and verbal abuse. He served as offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2015, and as interim head coach for five games in 2015. Canada interviewed for the full-time job, but the school ultimately went with Locksley. "We are all in this together, and I look forward to rejoining the Maryland family". "Thank you to Damon Evans, President Loh and the entire Terrapin community for this opportunity", Locksley said.

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