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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — David Reaves reportedly on the way to be new QBs coach

Former Tennessee assistant football coach David Reaves is expected to be named University of New Mexico quarterbacks coach, possibly as soon as today, the Journal has learned. first linked Reaves to the Lobo job two weeks ago.

Lobo coach Mike Locksley said he could not comment on specific names involved in its coaching searches, except to say they’re in the final stages. UNM also is looking for a wide receivers coach to replace J.B. Gerald.

“I’m looking for experienced coaches at both positions,” Locksley said.

Locksley said he hopes to hire the wide receivers coach next week.

Reaves spent one year at Tennessee working for coach Lane Kiffin — Reaves’ brother-in-law. Kiffin left after the season to succeed Pete Carroll at Southern Cal, but reportedly did not offer Reaves a position.

Quarterback Jonathan Crompton threw for 2,800 yards, completing 58.3 percent of his passes with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for the 7-6 Volunteers in 2009.

Reaves, 31, spent the five previous seasons at South Carolina, the last three as recruiting coordinator and last two as full-time QBs coach.

He replaces Tee Martin, who departed for Kentucky earlier this month.

DESERT SPREAD: Members of the Lobo coaching staff were visiting Arizona State this week as part of a gathering of schools to share and exchange information on the nuances of the spread offense. Locksley said the conference is an annual event that takes place at different campuses.

WHERE THE LOCALS PLAY: UNM held a clinic Tuesday with the Albuquerque high school football coaches to discuss what the Lobos can do to improve to build relationships with in-state coaches and players and what coaches can do to promote their players for scholarship offers in the future.

Locksley said he thought the clinic helped with the flow of communication from the high schools to the coaching staff.

KOLE 2.0: Lobo Sports Properties, a Learfield Sports subsidiary that is the multimedia rights holder and sports marketing arm of UNM, intends to retain Kole McKamey as football color analyst, general manager Joe Weiss said Thursday.

“We’re extremely happy with the job Kole did,” Weiss said, “and we look forward to having him for years to come on Lobo football broadcasts. The same goes for (play-by-play announcer) Scott Galetti.”

KEY DATES: UNM’s pro day for seniors working out in front of NFL scouts will be March 10. Spring practice begins March 23 with the spring game set for April 17.