Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has agreed in principle to be Maryland’s next head football coach, the Washington Post and several other media sources reported late Tuesday.
Locksley, who coached New Mexico to a 2-26 record in a tumultuous two years-plus (2009-11) after being hired by then-athletic director Paul Krebs, earlier on Tuesday was named the winner of the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.
Locksley is a Washington native who twice has worked as an assistant on the Terrapins’ staff. He coached running backs from 1997 to 2002, and he returned as the offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2015. He served as interim head coach for the final six games of the 2015 season after Maryland fired Randy Edsall. When the school passed over Locksley for the permanent job in favor of DJ Durkin, Locksley headed to Alabama to be an offensive analyst.
“Two years ago, I was in the Nick Saban witness protection program,” Locksley said in his speech at the Broyles Award ceremony. “I was out of a job. I just left the University of Maryland as the offensive coordinator, was kind of in between what I wanted to do. … What an honor and how great it’s been for me and my career to be able to rehabilitate it (at Alabama).”