What they're saying about Maryland hiring Mike Locksley as football coach
By Baltimore Sun staff
Dec 04, 2018 | 10:00 PM
Maryland named Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley its new football coach Tuesday night, bringing the former longtime Terps assistant and interim coach back to College Park after three successful seasons in Tuscaloosa.
Locksley, 48, was named Terps coach just hours after being honored in Little Rock, Ark., as the Frank Broyles Award winner, honoring the nation’s top assistant coach.
Here’s what current and former players, among others, are saying about the move:
» Matt Canada, who led Maryland to a 5-7 record as interim coach after DJ Durkin was put on administrative leave before the season and then fired Oct. 31, offered his congratulations. Canada was a finalist for the Terps job.
“The future is bright for the Terps!” Canada tweeted.
» Former Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith, who played for the Ravens and is now with the Carolina Panthers, was enthusiastic about the hire.
» “SportsCenter” host and Maryland graduate Scott Van Pelt praised the hire for Locksley’s connections in the DMV area.
“Unrivaled local respect among local [high school] coaches, he can help heal & unite the factions like no other,” Van Pelt tweeted.
People outside the DMV won’t get it, but people from there absolutely will. Especially his former Terp players. Unrivaled local respect among local HS coaches, he can help heal & unite the factions like no other. Welcome home, Lox