Goodbye Gary Crowton, hello Mike Locksley. After publicly announcing his interest in the Colorado State head coaching job, and not getting it, Gary Crowton was asked to step down as the offensive coordinator at Maryland.
This may be the best thing, as many Terp fans were already fed up with Crowton's inept offense. LSU fired him and look where they are now, maybe Maryland can have the same luck. But now, in steps Mike Locksley. A good number of people do not know much about Coach Locksley, so let's delve into his past to see what the future leader of Maryland's offense has experienced.
Locksley's roots can be traced back to the Washington, D.C. area, as he was born there. He attended Ballou High School and then attended Towson University. From 1988-1991 he played defensive back for the Tigers. He would stay a year after graduation to coach defensive backs.
From 1993-1996 Locksley jumped around at smaller schools until finally in 1997, he landed a job as a running backs coach at the University of Maryland.
Locksley would coach running backs at Maryland from 1997-2002. During his tenure, he helped to mold running backs such as Lamont Jordan and Bruce Perry. In 2003, Locksley left Maryland and went to Florida to once again coach running backs.
Finally, in 2005 he got an upgrade. He was hired by Illinois to be their offensive coordinator. While at Illinois, his biggest accomplishment was his great recruiting in the Washington, D.C. area. He recruited nine players during his tenure, including Arrelious Benn. O
n the coaching side, his Illini offense improved each year. He helped coach the 2007 team that went to the Rose Bowl.
In 2009, Locksley finally got his big break, he was hired as the head coach at the University of New Mexico. Sadly, his tenure there did not go as planned. After signing a six year deal, he only served two and a half seasons before being canned.
Not only did he have a 2-26 record, he was also in legal trouble. He was accused of sexual discrimination in 2009 by a female administrative assistant. In 2009, he got in a physical altercation with an assistant coach and was suspended ten days.
In 2011, a minor was arrested while driving Locksley's car, which ultimately lead to his firing. Not a fun time in New Mexico for Locksley.
What Does Locksley Bring to Maryland?
The biggest plus to the Locksley hire is his amazing recruiting around the D.C. area. As you may know, the area is very rich with football talent. Keeping these recruits local will go a long way in brightening the future of Maryland football.
A question surrounding Locksley though is, what offense will Locksley bring to Maryland? This past season, the Terps tried their hand at Crowton's spread offense. It didn't work.
It turned last year's ACC Rookie of the Year Danny O'Brien into a mediocre quarterback that was benched in favor of CJ Brown. Not only would a pro offense benefit O'Brien, but it would help out the rest of the Terrapin's offense. They were much more comfortable in Rich Franklin's pro offense than they were last year in Crowton's.
All in all, this seems like a great hire for the Terrapins. His great local recruiting and his new style of offense should do wonders for a team that is coming off a 2-10 season.