Monday, October 26, 2009
Locksley returns to Lobo football team after suspension
The University of New Mexico's head footbal coach is headed back to the practice field after a 10-day suspension.
Coach Mike Locksley, who was also fined $29,000 for an altercation with wide receiver's coach Jonathon "JB" Gerald after a game with the Air Force Falcons on September 20th, spent part of his time off working with the NM Boys and Girls Club.
Locksley told the ABQ Journal's Greg Archuleta he's "excited to be back."
During a news conference on Sunday, Locksley said he missed being on the sidelines during UNM's Homecoming game against UNLV on Saturday Night. The struggling team lost 34-17.
"It was difficult--obviously not being able to be there and be a part of the process of trying to help us win. It was tough," Locksley said.
The coach, who did not appeal his punishment, said he's putting the altercation and subsequent media storm, behind him.
"I have my work cut out for me trying to regain the confidence of the Lobo family, which I'm looking forward to doing. Obviously I've been given a second chance, a second opportunity," Locksley said.
The 0-7 Lobos will travel to California this weekend. They face San Diego State on Saturday.
You can hear the game on the home for Lobo Sports - 770KKOB.