Report: Alabama OC Mike Locksley to interview for vacant head coaching position
Considering Alabama’s offensive explosion and the massive success of sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa this season, Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has understandably become a hot commodity on the coaching market.
Naturally, at least one Power 5 program is potentially seeking his services, according to a recent report.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Locksley will interview for the Maryland job following Saturday’s SEC championship game. Matt Canada, the former LSU offensive coordinator who held the same position for the Terrapins before being promoted to interim coach this season, has already spoken with school officials about the opening, according to the report.
Canada led Maryland to a 5-7 record and a near-upset of No. 6 Ohio State after D.J. Durkin was put on leave and eventually fired following an investigation into the circumstances surrounding a player’s death over the summer.
Locksley’s ties to the Terrapins, however, are similar to Canada’s. He was Maryland’s offensive coordinator from 2012-15, closing the final six games of his last season there as interim coach following Randy Edsall’s firing. Locksley went 1-5 as interim coach.
His only other head coaching experience was from 2009-11 at New Mexico, which won just two games under his guidance. But now it looks like Locksley will get another shot at being a head coach, largely thanks to his time working with Nick Saban and Alabama’s standing as the second-highest scoring team in the nation at 49 points per game.