Report: ‘Bama OC Mike Locksley will be named Maryland HC

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The Maryland football program is set to hire Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and make the announcement of his hire on Thursday, according to Brett McMurphy of Watch Stadium.

“Locksley has deep ties to the local community and relationships with former and current student-athletes and the Terp family near and far,” a source close to the search said last week, per McMurphy. “He can seamlessly step in and provide an immediate impact in the DMV and help Maryland football to heal.”

Locksley emerged as the top candidate out of three finalists, per McMurphy, beating out Michigan’s Pep Hamilton and Maryland interim head coach, Matt Canada.

Obviously the university needs someone to come in who can completely change the culture and make the program desirable again after the DJ Durkin disaster.

According to McMurphy’s source, Locksley is that guy: “Maryland football has been through unique hardships and they need Mike Locksley as much as Mike Locksley may need to be home with Maryland football,” a source said.

This marks a return to the Terps for Locksley, who coached from 1997-2002, then came back in 2012-15 and was the interim head coach in 2015.