UF FOOTBALL

Locksley is weighing his options

Ron Zook has offered Florida's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator the job of offensive coordinator at Illinois.


Published: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 12:54 a.m.
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UF running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Locksley may join former Florida head coach Ron Zook at the University of Illinois as an offensive coordinator.

Mike Locksley has already said no to Ron Zook once. The second time may be more difficult.
The Florida running backs coach and recruiting coordinator has been offered the offensive coordinator's position at Illinois and flew to Champaign on Sunday night to look at the campus and facilities.
Locksley told The Sun he has not yet made a decision and would make up his mind whether to take the job or remain at Florida on Tuesday after returning to Gainesville. He met with Florida coach Urban Meyer on Saturday night.
Already, Locksley has turned down opportunities to be running game coordinator at Illinois and Oklahoma State and has been approached about other jobs. But none of the schools offered Locksley the position of offensive coordinator, a position the 35-year-old coach has not held in his nine years as a college assistant.
Locksley, who has been at Florida for two seasons, became Zook's target when Larry Fedora left the Illini staff to take the offensive coordinator's job at Oklahoma State. Both Fedora and Locksley served on Zook's Florida staff last season.
Although Meyer has yet to name an offensive coordinator on his new Florida staff, it is expected to go to quarterbacks coach Dan Mullen, who served in that capacity in the Fiesta Bowl. Utah coordinator Mike Sanford left before the bowl game to become head coach at UNLV, where he hired former Florida quarterback Noah Brindise as his offensive coordinator last month.

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