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Report: Mike Locksley not expected to return to Maryland's coaching staff

Maryland's former interim head coach is unwilling to accept a demotion to a lower position, according to a report.

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Mike Locksley will not return to Maryland's coaching staff, according to a report by Inside Maryland Sports's Jeff Ermann. The program has not announced anything, but "reliable sources said his departure is a foregone conclusion," Ermann said.

Locksley served as the Terps' interim head coach for the final six games of 2015 after the program fired head coach Randy Edsall. Before Edsall's firing, Locksley served as Maryland's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since coming to the team 2012 following an unsuccessful head coaching stint at New Mexico.

Ever since Maryland hired DJ Durkin as its new head coach, Locksley's position on the team has been unclear. At his introductory press conference, Durkin said "Mike, as well as everyone else, will be evaluated, and we'll go through that process." Maryland recently hired Walt Bell to fill Locksley's old role of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, making his position on the team even more unclear. With Mike London serving in an associate head coach role and Pete Lembo assuming the position of assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, Locksley would have to accept a demotion to remain with the team and is unwilling to do so, Ermann says.

Locksley is the team's leading recruiter, and he helped secure the commitment of 4-star Bullis (Md.) quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Haskins is Maryland's top recruit in the class of 2016, and the strength of his commitment in to the program without Locksley is unclear, Ermann says.

Pittsburgh and Kentucky are two possible destinations for Locksley, according to Ermann.