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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico coach Mike Locksley isn't hiding from his mistakes.
Going into his second season, Locksley has quietly rebounded from a turbulent rookie year, aided by guidance from coaches like Tony Dungy and eager to show his program can make news for more than lawsuits and fights between coaches.
Last season, Locksley was in the wrong headlines. There was a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former administrative assistant, then came an ugly altercation with a former assistant, which led to Locksley serving a 10-day suspension.
Things were rough on the field, too — the Lobos finished 1-11. This fall, they're picked last in the nine-team Mountain West. New Mexico opens Sept. 4 at Oregon.
Still, Locksley remains confident his vision will elevate his team to the heights of conference heavyweights Utah, TCU and BYU. He has accepted responsibility for his off-field problems and moved on after taking more than a few lumps.
"If you look at the non-football news, they were human resource issues," Locksley said. "If I learned anything from it, it's that the head coach is like a CEO. There are structural things involved in managing. As an assistant, you're not put in that role."
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