COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Sitting in his office, sipping an energy drink with his back to empty Maryland Stadium, Michael Locksley rattles off his to-do list as the Terrapins' new football coach.
He speaks of building the team into a Big Ten contender, increasing the lackluster attendance at home games and filling holes left by graduation. He also concedes that, at least for now, these are secondary goals for a sullied program coming off a season unlike any other.
Locksley knows his most important task is forming a bond with players who last year dealt with the death of a teammate and the subsequent backlash that made the program notable for all the wrong reasons.