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Wearing two hats, Michael Locksley prepares for big game for Alabama, second chance at Maryland

Wearing two hats, Michael Locksley prepares for big game for Alabama, second chance at Maryland

When top-seeded Alabama meets fourth-seeded Oklahoma in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Saturday night in the second semifinal of this year’s College Football Playoff, it will mark the second time Michael Locksley will coach in the Orange Bowl.

The first time came in January 2002, when Locksley was a member of Ralph Friedgen’s staff at Maryland. The sixth-ranked Terps, the biggest surprise of the 2001 college football season, wound up losing to fifth-ranked Florida, 56-23.

Though this year’s game will be played under different circumstances with the CFP and the Crimson Tide are staying in a different hotel than the Terps did 17 years ago, Locksley said he’s having a few flashbacks...

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