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Hot Times in New Mexico

The Washington-area football community is paying close attention to the happenings at New Mexico, where first-year Lobos Coach Mike Locksley, is being investigated by the school administration for a fight with an assistant.

The assistant, J.B. Gerald, a DuVal High alum, told police that he suffered a split lip from the incident. Gerald was an assistant last year at Illinois and Locksley brought him along to New Mexico this season.

A university spokesperson said the investigation will examine any possible violation of campus policy, including one that stipulates any assault or battery is grounds for suspension or possible firing. During his press conference earlier this week, Locksley took responsibility for the incident.

Locksley, a D.C. native and Ballou graduate, has proven very effective at luring local talent wherever he has coached - Maryland, Florida, Illinois and now New Mexico. Some players he recruited to Illinois have since transferred to New Mexico because of the connection they have with Locksley.

One Washington-area coach said New Mexico's 0-4 start is likely causing some friction among the coaching staff. New Mexico faces Texas Tech this weekend and still has top 25 teams Utah and BYU on its schedule.

"The pressure and stress of losing is starting to take effect," one Washington-area coach said, "but he knew what he was getting into. He said that he just needs to get some players."

The coach, however, also thought the relationship between Locksley and Gerald might have contributed to the fight. The two have been friendly for many years, going back to when Locksley was an assistant at Maryland.

"Being a head coach and having friends on staff," the coach said, "guys tend to take more liberties than normally, say things they wouldn't normally say. Sometimes guys have got to respect that role. But Locksley's got to have more self-control."

But as far as working with fiery head coaches, New Mexico President David Schmidly has plenty of experience. Prior to arriving at Albuquerque, Schmidly was president at Texas Tech, and was the one who hired Bob Knight, as the Red Raiders' basketball coach.

"He dealt with Bobby Knight," the coach said, "so he knows what's going on. And Locksley isn't anywhere close to Knight."

By Alan Goldenbach  | October 1, 2009; 4:09 PM ET
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having attended college in NM, i can say, without fear of contradiction, that there is nothing more unforgivable in Loboland than losing to NMSU in Albuquerque.

Posted by: mdrockjock | October 2, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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