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LaMont Jordan Wants Locksley

For those unable to replay the audio comments from former Terp player LaMont Jordan right now (maybe you are at work), here are the quotes from the interview. Jordan was asked about the Maryland football program:

“They lost, and they lost to Middle Tennessee State. I know there is a guy by the name of Mike Locksley that is waiting in the wings and would definitely love to be the head coach at the University of Maryland. When you look back at Maryland when they were good, when they got to the big bowl games, those were all recruits that Mike Locksley had. Look at the University of Florida and what they have done over the past few years, those were all done by the recruits of Mike Locksley. You look at the University of Illinois and how they have gotten their program turned around, those were all recruits of Mike Locksley. I’ll talk about Maryalnd football when they have got the coach who kind of got the program turned around. When they get him back that’s when I will talk about Maryland football. I don’t think they will lose to teams like Middle Tennessee State.”

Q: So I guess you are not wearing a Fridge T-shirt these days?

“No. And it is nothing personal against him. I just think there is a better man out there for the job, and I think [inaudible] getting a lot of credit for players already there. You always say, when you are looking at college coaches, what they are doing with the players they have had before, but it the matter of what are you going to do with the players that are your players, not players that are other people’s players. And I think now what is happening with Maryland, they are no longer playing with coach Locksley’s players, they are playing with what the coaching staff there now are bringing in, and obviously that’s not getting the job done.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 12, 2008; 12:57 PM ET
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Comments

wow. pretty harsh words but the man has a point

Posted by: Lee | September 12, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Amen, brother Jordan.

Posted by: Speakingtothechoir | September 12, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Remind me how many Bowls Locksley's Maryland teams have been in? -0- I love Lamont but I don't think Locksley is the answer either, unless he would come back a recruit co-ordinator,which is highly unlikely.

Posted by: Kirk Sterling | September 12, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Something has to be done. Fridge is as clueless making personnel decisions as Palin is thinking that Iraq is responsible for 9/11. They should both stick to what they're good at. Fridge: eating. Palin: fishing for salmon and hunting polar bears.

Posted by: QWERTY | September 12, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

We didn't win with Locksley's players cuz Vandy was the coach. When Vandy was at MD there was no organization, accountability, or responsibility. The players did almost whatever they wanted.

Fridge came in and brought order, organization, and accountability and got those players to play well. He still keeps things organized and holds his players accountable, but perhaps the players aren't as good overall.

Posted by: Sam | September 12, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Current situation indicates Fridge can't recruit. When he had other people's players the Fridge had good teams. When Fridge got players, Maryland is mediocre.

Time for a change but he does have a long term contract which should easily be bought out (come on alumni; other colleges do it all the time).

Posted by: Fridge | September 12, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Lamont was not pulling any punches. But he speaks what a lot of people feel and have echoed on this board about Ralph not winning with his own recruits. Ralph is not a young pup and not in best of health so it is not out of the realm of possibility that his tenure will not be much longer. Not many coaches his age can turn a program around that is sputtering. He does not have Paterno or Bowden's track record so a younger coach may be on the horizon.

Posted by: zman | September 12, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

how dare lamont jordan make such comments. he is a bum!!!

Posted by: cp | September 12, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Maryland's defensive line is a complete joke.

I have seen a better pass rush by Pop Warner and CYO teams.

Prediction for Maryland's upcoming game --

Califonia - 48
Maryland - 13

Maryland will finish with a 3-9 record (good for last place in the ACC - even behind Duke)

I am glad that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Jelani Jenkins and Travis Hawkins will be signing with the University of Florida.

Posted by: Gary | September 12, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Firstly,
Who is this nerd Gary who is following the lives of three high school students in Maryland? Secondly, what does LaMont know about winning football games at Maryland? I appreciate that he still cares about the Terps, but saying that Locksley knows how to coach is a bit of a stretch. Recruit yes.

Posted by: V | September 12, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

there may be some value to this...but this isn't a situation of an alum looking for his school to return to the glory days when he was there. How many bowl games did Jordan get to??? I'm all for getting Locksley in some capacity, and not sure the Fridge is the right man for the job these days, but Jordan's not the man of complete reason here.

Posted by: Ryan | September 12, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

A totally disagree with Lamont...an average player that is at the end of his career in the NFL a 3rd or 4th string running with the Pats. MD has just as good as talent as his first three years!!! People really need to stop saying that. The running backs are just as good and the receivers certainly are better. Plus I think Vernon Davis and Shawn Merriman WERE Fridge recruits..and don't forget about Heyward-Bay!! So the talent is just as good or better. The BIG DIFFERENCE IS AT QB...THAT'S IT. And we all know that you need a good QB to win games and that is where MD's recruiting under fridge has struggled A LOT. Get MD a good QB and they would consistenly win 8 or 9 games. and I'm sorry, I know locksley can recruit but are we sure he can coach???

Posted by: Adrian | September 12, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Locksley got Vernon Davis there. Locksley brought in a few players from Fridge's early days. Vontae Davis at Illinois is Vernon Davis' little brother. Look at all the guys from DC and the metro area at Illinois now. Locksley is getting them.

Posted by: ShortyD | September 12, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I am all for Locksley as a coach, give the guy a chance. The only problem I see is that I think its been said Franklin was promised the job once RF is gone.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

lamonts a moron. the guy is a good recruiter, thats about it. not a head coach. i'm sick of people saying that fridge won with vandy's recruits. vandy didn't win with vandys recruits. i'm not a big fan of fridge how he loves steffy and poops on turner but that locksey guy is just a pimp, not a head coach.

Posted by: justin | September 12, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Well Vernon Davis was not a Vandy recruit. And I do believe the team did not win at all under Vandy and Locksey. So what you are saying is he needs to get Locksey as a recruiter?? I'm sorry I dont think a black coach is going to work at Maryland...they are not ready for it...sorry!!

Like I said if the Terps had a quarterback we would not be having this debate. THEY HAVE MORE TALENT OVERALL THAN ANY OF VANDY/LOCKSEY'S TEAMS...PERIOD!!! anyone that thinks otherwise simply does not know talent!! Do some research on this one if you don't believe me...scouts.com, rivals.com.

Posted by: Adrian | September 12, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Gentlemen, two quick points. Gary needs to go away until he has something original to write and the race of any future Maryland coach has absolutely nothing to do with his/her qualifications and consquently their acceptance in the Terp community. When we need a new coach we should go to Mars if that coach can win. It is that simple.

Posted by: Jamie | September 12, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Lamont is right. Now if only Steve Blake or Juan Dixon would say the same thing about Mens hopws.

Posted by: jg284481 | September 12, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Fridge is good for this year - a $4M buyout clause will assure that. Jordan doesn't have the answers - he is still trying to find his niche at the pro level and should focus on that. It's all about talent, and the Terps have trouble recruiting big name talent. Too many other schools to compete with, and who offer more than a UM education.

Posted by: Bob | September 12, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Kirk/Sam:
You dudes need to quit rewriting history. Locks was at Maryland from 1997-2002. Almost all of the important players that the fat man used to go to the Orange Bowl and win the Peach and Gator bowls were recruited by Locks. He was an outstanding recruiter here and did the same thing for Florida and is now doing it for Illinois, where he is offensive coordinator. It is not a coincidence that since he left (2002) Maryland's recruiting has been second rate, at best. The results have been seen on the field for the last four years. Now the down side, Locks was asked to resign when he got into trouble while recruiting Victor Abiamari, who was going to commit to the Terps until Locks got caught giving him some money. Abiamari then couldn't go to Maryland and picked Notre Dame. One could suggest that Locks showed bad judgement, but he has paid his dues and one has to just look at all of the area kids who are staring for Illinois to validate his recruiting skills. As offensive coordinator for Illinois, he certainly is as qualified as Franklin to take over has Terps head coach; but I would like to see Skip Holtz take the job.

Posted by: philly | September 12, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Adrion: Merriman was a Locks recruit, he recruited him in 2001 and 2002. Locks also recruited Vernon is junior year in high school when (2002) when he committed to Md. All you have to do is look at the fat man's record his first three years at Maryland and his record the last four years to see that he doesn't have the talent now; because, if he has better talent, his coach surely has gone down hill. If you take all of the cream puffs off of the schedule, his record stinks over the last four years, in fact it isn't any better than Vanderlinden's.

Posted by: philly | September 12, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Lamont needs to keep his mouth shut then. Keep watching ladies basketball. What has Locksley done. Him and zook get big time recruits and win nothing. The Big Ten is overrated. Lamont is a guy still in love with his recruiter and that is all thats about. Locksley would not be a good hire, even if we did get rid of Ralph which would be insane. WHere were we 7 years ago in football. At the end of games there was about 10 people in the stands and no bowl games for years.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Illinois was the laughing stock of the Big Ten for years before Zook and Locks got there, they have completely rebuilt that program. And, the big ten is certainly stronger than the ACC this year. Locks is the offensive coordinator at Illinois and they have been doing better on offense than the genius has the last couple of years. The fat man did a good job the first three years at Maryland but, take away the cream puffs that he insists on playing and the last four years are pretty mediocre.

Posted by: philly | September 12, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

how dare lamont jordan make those comments??? he certainly has done much more for maryland than you ever did. if you want to see a bum, look in the mirror.

Posted by: philly | September 12, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

what does LaMont know about winning football games at Maryland?

Posted by: V | September 12, 2008 4:28 PM

Nuff said.

I suppose when the Terps were within 1 game of the ACC championship in 2006, Fridge was still playing with Locksley's players? Guess they were 7th year seniors eh?

To those that want Fridge fired after leading us to 5 bowl games in 7 years, following zero over the previous decade prior to his arrival, it's pretty simple: you are the worst kind of fan.

Posted by: Rudes | September 12, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

It's not just the recruiting, it's the coaching, particularly from the coordinators. It appears that the Fridge runs a tight ship. When they hired Cosh, he had to keep the same staff that Blackney had since he left. Speaking of Blackney and Taffe, is it a coincidence that MD has been sucking since their departure as well? I don't know if I can blame Cosh for the defense, but people need to held accountable. Fridge has protected some of his coaches, when hiring coordinators, so the Fridge is to blame because he's too stubborn and loyal to his coaches. Both the offense and more so the defense have stunk over the past 3-4 years, when Cosh was in place. I guarantee that Fridge will either have to fire Cosh at the end of the season, or he'll get fired himself. It's not the recruiting, it's the coaching. Personally, I like the idea of Franklin being our head coach, but he should protect himself by firing the entire defensive staff. I like Sollazzo's intensity, but you figure with all that yelling, some of the defensive lineman would get a sack by now. I can't even remember the last time I saw either a blitz or a sack.

Posted by: turtle soup | September 13, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Rudes: go ahead, rewrite history. The Terps weren't one game from the ACC championship in 2006. They may have been one game from the ACC championship GAME. The Terps finished 5-3 in their division, behind WF who was 6-2 but drubbed the Terps at college park. Ga. Tech was 7-1 in the other division. 5-3 in the ACC and 9-4 was a good year. But, it is the only winning year in the last four. The fat man had a great start here at Maryland but has been in a slide the last four years. He himself said that he was burnt out last year. It is like you hired an employee eight years ago and he started off with three very good years and then got progressively worse. Three and five in the ACC for three out of the last four years in not acceptable. With your logic they would have never fired Jerry Claiborne who won three straight ACC championships but then ran out of talent or luck and finished with a losing season. Claiborne had a much better record than Ralph does and was fired for a 4-6-1 season. As for what does Lamont know, let’s see, he actually played the game at Maryland and was part of a great recruiting class that still has a number of players in the NFL. Oh yeah, he is playing in the NFL; I suggest that his credentials are better than most of ours; and, at least, he has earned the right to have an opinion.

Posted by: Philly | September 13, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Eric,
Please tell LaMont that I was upset with the state of Maryland football the entire time he played here.

Posted by: V | September 13, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Philly, you are dead wrong about Locksley paying recruits - that was the LB coach Rod Sharpless, who subsequently resigned and retired.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/football/bal-sp.abiamiri11feb11,0,6049162.story

As for Lamont, has yet to fulfill his potential at any level because he was not a hard worker (notorious slacker in the weight room and practice at UM). He's never won jack and his opinion is just that.

Posted by: JTS | September 13, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

someone doesn't know what they are talking about locksley didn't have to resign because of the victor abiamari it was rod sharpstein outside linebacker coach at the time. And by the way locks is a great coach he have produce 1,000 yards backs year after year lamont jordan, year after bruce perry, and year after that chris down . Some of locks recruits when he was at maryland are vernon davis, shawne merriman, lamont jordan, curome cox, dqwell jackson,jo jo walker, leon joe, madieu williams, dennard wilson, james lynch, e.j. henderson, etc.

Posted by: king | September 14, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

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