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Facebook Speculation Fuels Rumors of UNM, Leach

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Will former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach replace Mike Locksley as head football coach at the University of New Mexico next month?

That was the hot rumor flying around Albuquerque after KOB-FM radio’s posting on its Facebook page on Wednesday about 10:30 a.m.

The rumor apparently started on another Facebook page, that of Gerges Scott.

Scott, a crisis communications consultant, told the Journal “I was just speculating” based on information “from unnamed sources.”


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Scott is a former executive producer of Lobo sports for KRQE-TV and a long-time television news producer.

KOB-FM picked it up:

“Rumors coming from our sister station 770 KKOB that UNM Lobos football coach Mike Locksley will be fired after the game at NMSU on October 9th, and replaced with ANOTHER controversial coach! As many details as we have coming up in about 15 minutes.”

KOB-FM’s Facebook page never came up with any kind of update. Still, it didn’t take long before word spread that Leach would be that coach. Leach coached the Red Raiders while current UNM president David Schmidly was president at Texas Tech.

Meanwhile, UNM athletics director Paul Krebs tried to put an end to the speculation on Wednesday afternoon.

“Mike Locksley’s our football coach. Period,” Krebs said when asked if Leach would replace Locksley this season.

“As I said (to the Journal) on Saturday, we will make an evaluation at the end of the season. We’ll sit down with coach at the end of the season, but he’s our coach.”

The 0-3 Lobos play Saturday at 0-3 UNLV.

Leach, after being dismissed late last year at Texas Tech, is a commentator for college football broadcasts on CBS College Sports.