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Report: Alabama hires former Maryland interim coach Mike Locksley

Report: Alabama hires former Maryland interim coach Mike Locksley
Maryland interim coach Mike Locksley shouts as he walks the sidelines during the first half against Rutgers. (Mel Evans / Associated Press)

Former Maryland offensive coordinator and interim coach Mike Locksley has landed on Nick Saban's staff at reigning national champion Alabama as an offensive analyst, according to an AL.com report.

Locksley wasn't retained by Maryland coach DJ Durkin after Durkin was hired in December.

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Locksley returned to Maryland, where he was an assistant in the late 1990s and early 2000s, as offensive coordinator after he was fired from his post as New Mexico head coach in 2011. The Washington native, who was regarded as one of the area's top recruiters, struggled to put together a consistent offense with a unit beset by injuries and inconsistency at the quarterback position.

After Randy Edsall was fired in October, Locksley was elevated to interim coach. He went 1-5 in October and November, with Maryland beating Rutgers in the season finale. Many Terps voiced their support for Locksley down the stretch.

Alabama has a few Washington-area players on its roster. Jonathan Allen (Leesburg, Va.), Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va.) and Richie Petitbon (Annapolis) all hail from the "DMV," while the Crimson Tide signed five-star defensive end Terrell Hall of St. John's in Washington and four-star wide receiver Trevon Diggs -- former Maryland star Stefon Diggs' younger brother -- of Avalon in Gaithersburg in its 2016 recruiting class.

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