After TCU torched New Mexico 51-10 in the last regular season game for 2009 to win the Mountain West title and a BCS bid, many New Mexico Lobo fans are already calling for head coach Mike Locksley’s head. While he’s had a tough season (to say the least), here are three reasons why Mike Locksley needs to stay at New Mexico (at least for one more season):
1) It would be too expensive to fire him now.
The Lobos are in a really stupid bind right now financially because they still owe Rocky Long buyout money from his contract. This makes it a stupid move financially to fire Mike Locksley because they would end up having to pay for the salaries of three head coaches in 2010! Why would they do such a thing now when they have a ton of money dished out for renovations to the Pit and lower revenues in a down economy? That would be stupid!
2) Firing Mike Locksley now sends a bad message to recruits and to the New Mexico football program. This is something they can’t afford right now.
In my humble opinion, the Lobo football program can not afford to have three head coaches in three years. They can’t afford this because it would shout to the world that they are “desperate” for a coach who can turn things around. This is a message that they can’t afford to send to neither the players on the team now nor to potential recruits.
This is true because while a head coaching change now would appease angry fans it would do nothing for the football program. Here’s why this is the case:
The players who are on this team right now and any recruits who join the team in the near future need to be assured that the coaching situation is stable. A stable coaching situation demonstrates to current players and to potential recruits that they have faith in the players to right the ship. If this stability isn’t apparent, a bad situation on the field will only get worse because there won’t be any continuity on offense or defense. Furthermore, if player moral isn’t bad enough right now, it can only get worse with yet another new head coach. As a result, I think it’s better to let Locksley coach one-two more seasons to see what this man can really do as a coach.
3) Finally, I think Coach Locksley hasn’t had a fair chance to see what he can really do as a head coach.
The 2009 New Mexico Lobos showed some flashes of brilliance this year that lead me to believe Mike Locksley has the makings of being a very good head coach. Therefore, I don’t think his one season 1-11 record is a true representation of his ability to coach a football team. I think he should be given one more season to see what he can do. If has another 1-11 season, then we should consider firing this guy.
After all, it’s only fair to him and to the University who’s paying him a boatload of money to get (good?) results!