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Maryland Officially Hires Mike Locksley As Offensive Coordinator

The Maryland Terrapins formally announced the hiring of Mike Locksley as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Thursday. Locksley, most recently the head coach of the New Mexico Lobos, served as the Terrapins' running backs coach from 1998-2002.

Prior to joining New Mexico, Locksley served as the Illinois Fighting Illini's offensive coordinator, helping the team improve from No. 86 to No. 19 among FBS schools in points per game from 2005 to 2008.

Locksley's hire comes as no surprise, as reports circulated last Thursday that Maryland had decided to bring him aboard in that role.

In addition to his skills as a coordinator, Locksley is renowned for his recruiting acumen. The Terps' release announcing his hiring notes he has three times been listed as a Top-25 recruiter and was a finalist for Rivals.com's recruiter of the year award in 2007.

Locksley replaces Gary Crowton as Maryland's offensive coordinator. The team dismissed Crowton from coaching its offense after just one season, as the Terps went 2-10 and ranked No. 89 in points per game under him.

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