Mike Locksley Out at New Mexico
After two plus miserable seasons, UNM head football coach Mike Locksley has been relieved of his duties. Since taking over for Rocky Long after the 2008 season Locksley’s record was 2-26.
Many speculated Locksley would be fired after his second straight 1-11 season in 2010, but a high buyout figure in his contract kept him around.
UNM renegotiated Locksley’s contract during the off season to lower the buyout number to $450,000. Athletic director Paul Krebs saw enough after the Lobos fell to FCS school Sam Houston State 48-45 in overtime on Saturday to fall to 0-4.
Krebs officially fired Locksley on Sunday. Defensive coordinator George Harlow will coach the team on an interim basis.
Locksley was no stranger to controversy off the field. In May 2009 a former UNM administrative assistant filed an age and sex discrimination complaint against Locksley with the Equal Opportunity Commission. The charges were later withdrawn.
In September 2009 Locksley was suspended ten days without pay for an altercation with a coach that resulted in an alleged punch being thrown by Locksley.
On Saturday a friend of Locksley’s son was arrested for DWI while driving in a vehicle registered to Locksley’s wife and son.
The DWI incident coupled with the Lobos loss to Sam Houston State were probably the final nails in Locksley’s coffin, but for many Lobo fans this move was long overdue.