Locksley would replace Gary Crowton. The school is negotiating the terms of Crowton's release after one season.
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Locksley was dismissed by New Mexico during the 2011 season.
Locksley had previously served four seasons as the Illinois offensive coordinator. When he was hired by New Mexico, the Albuquerque Journal wrote that the school's athletic director "wanted the next Lobo coach be a strong recruiter and run an exciting offense."
Before his Illinois job under Ron Zook, Locksley was a Florida assistant -- also under Zook.
At Maryland, Locksley, 41, was the running backs coach (and later recruiting coordinator) for six years beginning in 1997. He served under coach Ron Vanderlinden and then coach Ralph Friedgen. His old Maryland bio talks about his recruiting prowess.
At New Mexico in 2009, Locksley had an altercation with a former New Mexico assistant. Locksley served a 10-day suspension. He apologized to the assistant and to Lobos fans. Also in 2009, a former administrative assistant filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing him of age discrimination and sexual harassment. Locksley countered with a defamation lawsuit.