ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - New Mexico Lobos Head Coach Mike Locksley said he didn't likethe way ESPN portrayed him on a recent episode of "Outside theLines."
Locksley asserted that their slant made him look like a bad guy,but conceded that he wasn't always in the right.
"Am I disappointed the way my image was portrayed, of course,but i also know I made a huge mistake," Locksley said.
On Friday, ESPN aired a story about an altercation betweenLocksley and receiver's coach J.B. Gerald that occurred during anoffensive coaches meeting on Sept. 20.
Gerald told ESPN that Locksley choked and punched him.
University of New Mexico Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebsand Locksley have maintained all along that no punches werethrown.
Photos released by UNM of Friday show Gerald with a bruisedneck, cut arm and a cut lip.
News 13 also obtained hand written notes taken during interviewswith coaches who witnessed the scuffle.
The notes show offensive line coach Mike Degory told aninvestigator that Locksley reached out and started chocking Geraldat the meeting. Degory also said he "held Locks back as he wasswinging at Gerald."
When asked about the notes, Locksley said he wasn't involvedwith those interviews and didn't know what the other coachessaid.
Locksley still stands by his story and said he did not punchGerald.
"That is his opinion. Throughout this investigation I have beenvery honest about my account of my actions, whether it was a chokeor a punch, if I felt I punched him, I would have said I punchedhim," Locksley said. "As in any type of investigation when you havefour or five different people's opinion of what happened, therewill be discrepancies i would imagine."
The embattled coach said he was certain about one thing onSunday.
"I know I have work to do to restore the confidence of the lobofamily and me being the leader of the program," Locksley said.
UNM President David Schmidly has yet to comment on the ESPNreport. Spokeswoman Susan McKinsey said Schmidly is at a longplanned accreditation site visit at Oregon State and will be backin town on Tuesday.
McKinsey said he'll be available to comment on the case sometimeWednesday.
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