Jordan McNair's Father: I Support New Maryland HC Mike Locksley '1,000 Percent'

Maryland's new head football coach Mike Locksley speaks at an NCAA college football news conference, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in College Park, Md. Locksley, Alabama's offensive coordinator, will take over at Maryland after the most tumultuous year in the program's recent history. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Marty McNair, the father of former Maryland Terrapins offensive lineman Jordan McNair, said Thursday he fully supports the school’s decision to hire Mike Locksley as its new head football coach. 

Heather Dinich of ESPN.com provided comments from the elder McNair, whose son died of heatstroke in June after he collapsed during a team workout two weeks earlier.

“We support Mike one thousand percent,” Marty McNair said.

Locksley was involved in the early stages of the recruitment of Jordan McNair to Maryland during his previous stint with the Terps, which lasted from 2012 through 2015, per Dinich. Jordan and Locksley’s daughter Kori also attended the same high school, and the two families remained in touch while Locksley moved to work under Nick Saban at Alabama.

The families have bonded over the loss of children. Locksley’s son, Meiko, was shot and killed in September 2017. The new Terrapins coach discussed the connection following his introductory press conference Thursday, according to Dinich.

“We have a common bond in that, when you lose a child, the circle of life isn’t built for parents to bury kids,” Locksley said. “I’ve been a sounding board for Marty, he’s been an ear for me. Our relationship has continued to grow, and for him to be here today means the world to me and my family.”

Maryland’s search for a new coach began after it confirmed the firing of D.J. Durkin in October just one day after his reinstatement was announced following an investigation into the football program.

Tom Schad of USA Today noted Marty and Jordan’s mother, Tonya Wilson, spoke out about the original decision to keep Durkin before the school reversed course amid intense public scrutiny.

“I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach, and somebody spit in my face,” Marty said.

“I miss my son every day. And today, it just didn’t help,” Wilson added.

Locksley, a Washington, D.C. native, returns to Maryland after spending the past three seasons on the Crimson Tide staff. He’s served as offensive coordinator for the Tide during the 2018 campaign.

He’ll work in both capacities for the duration of Bama’s run in the College Football Playoff before shifting his entire focus to rebuilding trust in the Terps program.

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