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Locksley Draws One-Game Suspension

New Mexico football coach and top D.C. recruiter Mike Locksley has been suspended for 10 days without pay, following a university investigation into a fight he had with Lobos assistant and DuVal alum J.B. Gerald.

Gerald told police Locksley punched him, splitting his lip, though the school's investigation did not determine a punch was thrown. Gerald has not been with the program since the incident, remaining on paid leave.

The university made the announcement at a Tuesday news conference, a day after it revealed Locksley had resolved all legal claims arising from an EEOC complaint against him in April.

The suspension means Locksley will miss New Mexico's Oct. 24 game against UNLV. New Mexico is 0-6 for the first time since 1987 and has lost 10 straight dating to last season. UNLV (2-4 overall, 0-2 Mountain West) has the worst record of the Lobos' remaining opponents. If it turns out that New Mexico's only victory this season occurs when Locksley is not on the sideline, it would not be a good coincidence for the embattled coach.

Locksley, a D.C. native who graduated from Ballou, has proved very effective at luring Washington area recruits wherever he has coached, including Maryland, Florida, Illinois, and, now, New Mexico. Even though Locksley was hired by New Mexico last December, less than two months before Signing Day, there are five Washington area players in the Lobos' program this season. According to two area coaches, New Mexico could be in the mix for a handful of other local players in this year's senior class.

By Alan Goldenbach  | October 14, 2009; 2:18 PM ET
Categories:  Football, New Mexico  
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