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MM 8.7: Mike Locksley forms National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches

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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.

Maryland football quarterback Lance LeGendre is ready for his second season.

And Ruben Hyppolite II is geared up for his first season.

Remember when the Terps upset Texas in 2018?

Maryland men’s and women’s basketball also posted #ThrowbackThursday posts.

Former Terp Alex Len is back in action in the NBA bubble.

Former Terp Matt Dunn spoke on the success of the Premier Lacrosse League’s Whipsnakes.

Maryland volleyball is back on campus.