Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley will interview with Maryland for its to become its head football coach, according to multiple reports.
IndsideMDSports.com and The Washington Post reported that Maryland will interview the Tide’s play caller in Atlanta after the SEC championship game. Locksley previously coached at Maryland twice before: From 1997-02 as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator and most recently from 2012-15 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Locksley also served as interim coach in 2015 when Maryland fired Randy Edsall midseason, and was considered as a permanent replacement until the school opted for DJ Durkin instead. Locksley joined Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama in 2016 as an offensive analyst before being promoted to wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator in 2017 and offensive coordinator in 2018.
Alabama this season has experienced one of its best offensive seasons in recent memory with Locksley as its offensive coordinator. The Tide’s offense currently ranks second in the FBS in points per game (49.0), sixth in passing yards per game (332.1) and fourth in total yards per game (538.0).
It’s worth noting that Matt Canada, who served as Maryland’s interim coach this season, has also interviewed for the job. If Locksley is named Maryland’s next coach, however, it’s uncertain whether he’d remain on Alabama’s staff for the remainder of the season (like Kirby Smart in 2015) or if he’d leave before season’s end (like Lane Kiffin in 2016).