Maryland football head coach Mike Locksley announced the launch of the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches, a group focused on helping minorities climb the coaching ranks, Thursday.
There is an overwhelming lack of diversity in leadership across collegiate athletics, which I explored in depth for Yahoo Sports earlier this summer. The non-profit organization aims to combat this through a grooming process that will prepare, promote and produce qualified minority coaches. This way, Locksley told me last month, there will be a viable list of minority candidates whenever a position opens up.
“When I took the Maryland job last year and looked at the landscape of college football, I thought to myself, There’s something missing. I’m on the back nine of my career and the pathway to becoming a head coach is still as difficult as when I got into the business in 1992,” Locksley said. “I wanted to create an organization that would be able to help prepare, promote and produce the next group of coaches coming up through the ranks at every level.”
Locksley is joined by several high-profile names on the board of directors, including the likes of Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, Alabama head coach Nick Saban, former Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and Willie Jeffries, the first African-American head coach in the history of Division-I football.
In other news
Henry profiled linebacker Chance Campbell as we continue our Maryland football 2020 season preview.
The preseason USA TODAY Amway Coaches Poll was released Thursday, and the Terps certainly face some stiff competition.
Per the preseason Amway Coaches Poll released today, Maryland football will play six ranked teams in 2020:— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) August 6, 2020
No. 2 Ohio State (Oct. 21)
No. 7 Penn State (Oct. 17)
No. 12 Wisconsin (Oct. 3)
No. 15 Michigan (Nov. 7)
No. 18 Minnesota (Nov. 21)
No. 23 Iowa (Sept. 5)
Maryland football quarterback Lance LeGendre is ready for his second season.
With great power comes great responsibility.. #Doce ! pic.twitter.com/4TuZ2MOXKN— Mr. LeGendre (@LLeGendre12_) August 6, 2020
And Ruben Hyppolite II is geared up for his first season.
The beginning is the most important part of the work. #PPG #FTT pic.twitter.com/MhEyR7xN7h— Ruben Hyppolite II (@rubenknows1) August 6, 2020
Remember when the Terps upset Texas in 2018?
DOWN GOES TEXAS!@TwanDoee sealed it with a pick on an emotional day at FedEx Field.#TBT pic.twitter.com/2ZxPgXLxji— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) August 6, 2020
Maryland men’s and women’s basketball also posted #ThrowbackThursday posts.
"OH HE STEAL!!"@SteveBlake5 picked Jay Williams' pocket and created an epic Cole Field House moment.#TBT pic.twitter.com/z9ImSfmsIJ— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) August 6, 2020
#TBT to Marissa Coleman's school-record 42 points in the 2009 Sweet Sixteen vs. Vanderbilt!#TerpFamily pic.twitter.com/2LT1qwz3I5— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@TerpsWBB) August 6, 2020
Former Terp Alex Len is back in action in the NBA bubble.
Alex Len had coronavirus for nearly a month. Then he had an additional quarantine in Orlando. Though it certainly doesn't look like it today in his second game back (he only played 3 mins Tuesday).@alexlen has 8 points 5 rebounds & a steal in 11 mins so far against the Pelicans pic.twitter.com/m3dYQ0XXs2— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) August 6, 2020
Former Terp Matt Dunn spoke on the success of the Premier Lacrosse League’s Whipsnakes.
"At Maryland we got particularly close with our team, and a lot of that is attributed to the culture built by guys like @CoachTillman1"— Maryland Lacrosse (@TerpsMLax) August 6, 2020
The chemistry rooted in their days as Terps has put Matt Dunn and his @PLLWhipsnakes teammates in position for another PLL title run. pic.twitter.com/Uvt1i7SJFz
Maryland volleyball is back on campus.
We back‼️— Maryland Volleyball (@TerpsVolleyball) August 7, 2020
Report day is in the books pic.twitter.com/X9ZpPUjtS1