Maryland football coach Ron Vanderlinden is adding former Towson State player Mike Locksley to his staff, but he's still searching for another assistant coach after Terry Malone's departure to Michigan.
Malone, who was supposed to coach the Terps' tight ends, is the second assistant to abruptly leave Vanderlinden, who was named head coach in early December. Lou Tepper was Maryland's assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for less than a month before he resigned.
"Having one coach leave happens from time to time," Vanderlinden said. "Having two go like this is pretty unusual, but I'm not looking for any hidden meaning in this.
"Terry was all set to go to Michigan when I was interviewing him, but a vacancy there fell through. Michigan lost a coordinator to Notre Dame, they moved a coach, and it created an opening for an offensive line coach. Terry's from Detroit; his father is ill. The fact that it happened two months later makes it understandable. The fact that we haven't gone through spring ball helps."
Vanderlinden said he has talked to a possible replacement for Malone and could reach an agreement with him as early as tomorrow.
Locksley, meanwhile, has accepted an offer to coach the running backs, which means that Sean Payton will work with the wide receivers. A native of Washington, Locksley played from 1988 to 1991 at Towson State, where he was a three-year starter in the defensive backfield. As a senior, he was the Tigers' Defensive Player of the Year.
Locksley, 27, has coached at Towson State, the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School, Pacific and Army.
Pub Date: 2/11/97