Not Again! UNM Coach Denies Altercation Coverup

Last season Univ. of New Mexico head football coach Mike Locksley was suspended for a game after admitting to a physical altercation with former UNM assistant football coach J.B. Gerald. Gerald said that during the confrontation, Locksley punched him. Also last year Locksley was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit by a University of New Mexico employee. The school settled the case out of court.

Mike Locksley Admits To Punching Assistant Coach J.B. Gerald

Today NBC’s KOB Channel 4 in Albuquerque reports that the Univ. of New Mexico is refusing to provide the station video of an alleged altercation at a local bar last July between a UNM DAILY LOBO student newspaper reporter and Locksley despite the school acknowledging that it showed the video to the ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL. The Journal subsequently reported that no altercation took place.

New Mexico covers up Mike Locksley altercation with reporter

(A formal “Inspection of Public Records Act” request for video was also denied)

The student newspaper reported today that it was also twice refused a copy of the video after its reporter, Daily Lobo sports editor Ryan Tomari was allegedly confronted by an angry, profane Locksley at the bar on July 31. The Daily Lobo reported today that after that July alleged altercation, University of New Mexico “media relations representative Chris Deal has since apologized to Tomari on Locksley’s behalf.” Read more…

UNM Reopens Probe Of Coach Punching Assistant

After KKOB-AM in Albuquerque, SbB was the first to bring you the saga of New Mexico football coach Mike Locksley, who has now admitted to being the aggressor in an altercation with now-exiled assistant coach J.B. Gerald. An altercation in which Gerald claims Locksley punched him. (Police later confirmed a cut on Gerald’s lip.)

Mike Locksley Admits To Punching Assistant Coach J.B. Gerald

(If he didn’t seriously assault assistant, why did Locksley apologize? )

After SbB posted the Locksley story, ESPN college football writer Bruce Feldman called the university to inquire about what was being done in regards to a week-old police report filed by Gerald about Locksley’s alleged assault.

Hours later, we had a suddenly had a statement from Locksley apologizing - but not telling us why he was sorry. That was followed up by a laughable “verbal reprimand” of Locksley from New Mexico AD Paul Krebs, who declared the entire incident closed.

So on the face of everything, it appears there’s a very good chance Locksley slugged an assistant coach and got away with it scot-free.

But the ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL reports that thanks to an avalanche of complaints from university employees and alumni over how the matter was handled - and Locksley’s behavior - the university has re-opened Krebs’ “closed” investigation. Read more…

Lobos: Welcome To Punch-A-Coach-For-Free Day!

New Mexico Athletic Director Paul Krebs met with the assembled Albuquerque media today to discuss an altercation between New Mexico assistant football coach J.B. Gerald and Lobos Head Coach Mike Locksley.

Mike Locksley Admits To Punching Assistant Coach J.B. Gerald

(Univ. New Mexico: Where you can punch an employee and it’s no biggie!)

Gerald recently filed a police report claiming that Locksley punched him during a coaches meeting on Sept. 20.

Locksley released a statement acknowledging the alteraction:

“I apologized to Coach Gerald, the coaching staff and our team for my poor judgement. I would also like to apologize to Lobo fans. Like I remind our players, when mistakes are made, you acknowledge them and deal with the consequences.”

Well since Locksley didn’t say what his “mistake” was, how do we know he even needs to apologize? (Don’t answer that.)

Read more…

Lobos Head Coach Accused Of Punching Assistant

UPDATE: ESPN’s Bruce Feldman reportsNew Mexico says it will have a presser with the school AD at 5:30 ET about the Locksley “altercation.”

Last week I reported that New Mexico Football Coach Mike Locksley told the media he was trying to be a calming influence to his players, in preventing them from “blowing their load” before Saturday’s game.

Turns out Locksley (allegedly) needs to heed his own advice - with his assistant coaches.

Peter St. Cyr of KKOB-AM in Albuquerque reports today that the University of New Mexico has confirmed that Locksley has been accused of punching Lobos Wide Receivers Coach Jonathan “J.B.” Gerald in the mouth.

The alleged attack took place Sept. 20 during a UNM coaches meeting. Gerald has since filed a police report and taken leave from the team.

Police report details of the altercation after the jump. Read more…