News Flash: New Mexico suspends Locksley

New Mexico coach Mike Locksley will be suspended for 10 days without pay in the wake of a university investigation into an altercation with an assistant coach, the school announced Tuesday.

Locksley will miss the Lobos’ next game Oct. 24 against UNLV. Assistant George Barlow will serve as interim coach.

Locksley was involved in an incident with wide receivers coach J.B. Gerald on Sept. 20, allegedly hitting Gerald and, a police report said, splitting his lip. New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs issued verbal and written reprimands to Locksley on Sept. 28. The next day, New Mexico launched an investigation into whether Locksley violated school policies on violence.

“The results of the investigation by the UNM Department of Human Resources were consistent with information we originally obtained,” Krebs said Tuesday. “No witness verified coach Gerald’s allegation that coach Locksley threw a punch. However, as coach Locksley has acknowledged, there was a physical incident with a fellow employee. That type of behavior will not be tolerated. The suspension is consistent with UNM policy for this situation.”

Gerald has not returned to the team since the incident and is on paid leave.

Locksley is in his first year at New Mexico. The Lobos are 0-6 for the first time since 1987. The school has a 10-game losing streak that stretches to last season.

“I fully accept the resolution of the investigation,” Locksley said. “I truly regret the embarrassment I have brought to my family and to the University of New Mexico. As a result of the terrible decision I made last month, I will be a better person and leader in the future.”

New Mexico announced Monday that Locksley has resolved all legal claims involving a former football administrative assistant. Sylvia Lopez filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against the coach in April.

Cal’s L.A. woes

Cal coach Jeff Tedford has done many good things in rebuilding the program since arriving in Berkeley in 2002.

He has led Cal to six bowls in a row and notched a 62-30 record, including a 36-23 mark in the Pac-10. Tedford also led the Bears to a share of the Pac-10 title in 2006. Best of all in the eyes of Cal fans: Tedford is 6-1 against Stanford.

But Tedford has yet to notch a win in Los Angeles since becoming Cal’s head coach. The Bears play at UCLA on Saturday, bringing with them an 0-7 record in L.A. under Tedford. Failures to win in Southern California are a major reason why he has been unable to get Cal to its first Rose Bowl since the 1958 season.

2002: at USC, 30-28

2003: at UCLA, 23-20 OT

2004: at USC, 23-17

2005: at UCLA, 47-40

2006: at USC, 23-9

2007: at UCLA, 30-21

2008: at USC, 17-3

Tom Dienhart is the senior national college football writer for Follow him on Twitter. He can be reached at
Updated Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009