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UNM's Locksley first casualty of the season

Posted on: September 25, 2011 5:08 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2011 7:39 pm
New Mexico coach Mike Locksley has become the first coaching casualty of the season. The Lobos' third-year coach was fired Sunday, a source told The firing comes less than a day after a youth was arrested for DWI while driving what was reportedly a car registered to Locksley.

Locksley was 2-26 in less than 2 1/2 seasons, his latest loss coming in overtime Saturday to FCS Sam Houston State. When AD Paul Krebs hired him in December 2008, Locksley was a hot coaching prospect having helped lead Illinois to the Rose Bowl. Locksley was known as an ace recruiter. Prior to his first season, he went to directly to a familiar area attempting to stock the New Mexico roster -- Washington, D.C.

In 2007, D.C. native Arrelious Benn was the Big Ten freshman of the year for Illinois. Benn was among at least nine players Locksley landed from the D.C. area from 2005-2008.

Things quickly went South in Albuquerque. Before his first season, Locksley was hit with a sex and age discrimination lawsuit by an administrative assistant. In September 2009, he was reprimanded after an altercation with an assistant. Locksley was suspended for 10 days.

On Saturday, recruit Joshua Butts was arrested for aggravated DWI, a minor in possession of alcohol and driving without a license.New Mexico does not believe Butts is a recruitable athlete which could complicate matters with the NCAA.

One final piece of fallout from Locksley's regime: The losing may be a huge contributing factor in keeping the Mountain West from an automatic BCS berth in 2012 and 2013. The league is currently at the end of a four-year BCS evaluation period. The league reportedly meets two of the three benchmarks needed for automatic qualification status and may have to ask the BCS for a waiver going forward.

The Mountain West is one of five conferences without an automatic BCS bid.


Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:28 pm

UNM's Locksley first casualty of the season

New Mexico is a beautiful place to visit. That being said, there aren't enough athletes anywhere close to fill a decent squad.
Do what they do in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada...RECRUIT FROM OUT OF STATE... It would be soooo easy to recruit good Texas and Arizona players with a good coach that had a system that kids could buy into.  That is the one thing that Leach could bring to the table.  The flip side is that he might bail as soon as an Arizona or Washington State type position came open that paid more...a la Dennis Erickson, Nick Saban, John L. Smith, Dirk Koetter, Dan Hawkins, Houston Nutt, etc. 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:24 pm

UNM's Locksley first casualty of the season

Hey he did what he could with what he has.  Its up to the players to play the game.
But it is HIS fault he had the poor players he is HIS responsiblity to get better players to play the game.  A team is a reflection of their coach.  How much do you want to bet that Chris Peterson or Gary Patterson could be in the top 4 or 5 in the MWC with these SAME EXACT players?

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:22 pm

UNM's Locksley first casualty of the season

You are correct!!!  We ran an ex-Lobo QB out of town  the year after going to a bowl game due to the fact that people didn't show up for games.  "The damn fans" (Rocky Long quote) wouldn't even attend a Tx A$M game.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:38 am

UNM's Locksley first casualty of the season

It may not matter who New Mexico get as head coach, people won't show up for the games.  The year after winning their first bowl game in 40+ years, there where less than 20,000 people at the Texas A&M game.  Idiots in the stands were yelling at Rocky Long (who played at New Mexico) when his receivers dropped balls.  New Mexico was on track to becoming a respectable team with a committed head coach.  The fans of New Mexico have the mentallity of "when the Lobos field a good team, we'll show up for the game".  THEY DON'T GET IT!!!!!!  In college football, the fans ARE part of the program.  Showing up for games (mostly after winning seasons) every season is what it takes.  New Mexico will have a good when they decide to support it.  Selling tickets to corporate sponsors who don't show up, doesn't count.  YOU need to be the difference!!!

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:02 am

UNM's Locksley first casualty of the season

they shoulda fired him a year and a half ago. i forget the name of the bum at memphis but he's next.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:41 pm

UNM's Locksley first casualty of the season

Okay .... I couldn't ignore this one.  You, behonest, have no idea what you are talking about.  The football program is a DISASTER.  Why?  Because the coach let it detioriate to that point.  It is up to the players to perform, but, it's up to the coach to develop them into a cohesive unit, which means; play basic football and motive them to win.  Locksley did none of that.

As for your comments about the rest of the programs; both the basketball program and the baseball program are in very good hands.  The Lobos will be pre-season favorites to win the MWC and the baseball program won the MWC title this past spring with a mostly underclass team.  UNM is in the top 50 in the Learfield standings.  What does that mean?  It means it's overall athletics programs are one of the top in the nation.  Only BYU was higher than UNM in the MWC.  Oh ya, UNM also had the 2nd highest All MWC Student Athletes, behind BYU.  So, what's equally important about being honest, which you aren't, is being knowledgable.  So, before you shoot off your mouth, get your facts straight.  Ignorant people piss me off.  I'll be honest, you're an idiot.

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:35 pm

UNM's Locksley first casualty of the season

New Mexico is a beautiful place to visit. That being said, there aren't enough athletes anywhere close to fill a decent squad. Rocky and Coach Fran were the best things to happen at this place, and they drove Rocky crazy expecting him to win big with the resources available. 

Now, Mike Leach may want to coach again, but he would be crazy to come to UNM. I think they need someone young with a pedigree--- They might want to go after Brad Franchione, who I thought was one of the greatest young coaches when he won a lot of JUCO games, at least until I noticed Cam Newton was his JUCO QB.  Anyway, they need to accept that they are a stepping stone job and just deal with it to get a good coach. Lockley was great at recruiting DC? How many great athletes in DC can even find New Mexico on a map, or even know that it is part of the United States? Someone better come in, get as many in state kids as he can find, and then recruit the crap out of Dallas, Houston, and West Texas. At least those kids will be aware of where New Mexico is, since they probably skiied there with the church youth group at least once!

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:19 pm

UNM's Locksley first casualty of the season

Aw come on LargePastyNinja1 The Lox wasn't that bad. I could see slight improvement and saw 2 wins this season leading to 3 in 2012 my man. Now that's real progress. Seriously though; this cat was in WAY over his head and lacked the necessities of leading any football program. People can point to the Illinois offensive success, but the reality is Zook was pulling all those strings. I think UNM can attract a decent guy who craves no pressure and if he wins 5 games in his 3rd year will have a statue erected of him on Cesar Chavez Blvd.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:14 pm

UNM's Locksley first casualty of the season

Well he couldn't recruit at New Mexico-all the off the field stuff notwithstanding, he had a fair chance here, and failed in every way possible.  The car is supposedly registered to his wife and son according to the news.  If UNM wants Leach, he ain't gonna be cheap.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 2:19 pm

UNM's Locksley first casualty of the season

Zook will welcome Locks back at Illinois with open arms.  He may not be a head coach ever again, but the guy can recruit. 

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