Maryland is nearing agreement on a contract to hire former New Mexico coach Mike Locksley as its next offensive coordinator, according to to two sources close to the negotiations.
Locksley and the school are working out contract details. While the deal is not finalized yet, a press release is anticipated soon -- possibly as soon as Wednesday.
Locksley would replace Gary Crowton, who is out after one season as Randy Edsall's top offensive assistant. Crowton is assuming a short-term, non-coaching administrative role.
Maryland announced last week that Crowton would not return, and the media's focus turned swiftly to Locksley. But Maryland needed to negotiate the terms of Crowton's departure. The school said the terms can be for up to three months at a maximum salary of $125,000.
Locksley, dismissed by New Mexico this past season, had a 2-26 win-loss record at the school but is known as an aggressive recruiter. He is a former Maryland assistant and recruiting coordinator and played defensive back for Towson in 1988-1991 before also serving as an assistant there.
Locksley had worked under two Maryland head coaches — Ron Vanderlinden and Ralph Friedgen -- and has retained ties to the area.
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