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By 10.13.09

UPDATE: ESPN just reported that Locksley will be suspended for one game and docked eight days of pay. Formal announcement forthcoming.

Let’s face it, most of the coaching innovations have from the non-BCS schools, whether it be the spread offense, blue turf, or even grabbing an assistant coach and punching him in the mouth. They’re crafty that way.

Some of you might remember New Mexico head football coach Mike Locksley (pictured!) after he was targeted with a sexual harassment suit almost before he could even unpack his office as the Lobos’ new head coach. And after starting out 0-4, trouble has found Mr. Locksley again.

With Leather has obtained an unofficial copy of an incident report filed last week with the State of New Mexico by the Albuquerque Police Department, citing that assistant coach “Johnathan Gerald” was punched in the mouth by Locksley last Saturday, the day after the Lobos’ 37-13 loss to Air Force.

Mr. Gerald said that Coach Locksley punched him in the mouth causing a small cut on the inside of his upper lip.

Locksley needs to work on his people skills. His hand speed, however, seems to be terrific. See our copy of the incident report, and Coach Locksley’s statement, after the jump.

Statement from Coach Locksley released through the school:

I acknowledge that an altercation took place last Sunday (Sept. 20) between myself and assistant coach J.B. Gerald during a meeting with the offensive coaching staff.

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.

Our focus is now preparing to play a very good Texas Tech team Saturday in Lubbock.

Oh and five, here we come. Lots of teachable moments in there. Such as, “Don’t coach for Mike Locksley. Ever.”

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TAGSNEW MEXICO LOBOS

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