ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Within the next few days the University of New Mexico will startinterviews in its investigation into football Head Coach MikeLocksley and his physical confrontation with an assistantcoach.
The investigation by the UNM Human Resources Department focuseson the physical assault reported to police by assistant coach J.B.Gerald.
However UNM Vice President of Human Resources Helen Gonzalestold KRQE News 13 Wednesday the probe may go beyond thatincident.
“As we continued to discuss the situation further wedetermined that perhaps there are other issues that are broader inscope that have been brought up that we should look at," Gonzalessaid.
However she declined to say what those issues might be.
Gonzales said her department started its investigation at therequest of Athletics Vice President Paul Krebs. On Monday heannounced he had issued verbal and written reprimands to Locksleybut didn't plan any further disciplinary action.
For his part Locksley said he as apologized to all concerned andwas moving on without worrying about being fired.
“That could always happen," he said. "Am I concerned aboutit? No.”
Gerald told police Locksley punched him in the mouth althoughLocksley is only saying that's not quite the way it was.
“Obviously with an investigation going on it wouldprobably be to my advantage to not comment further other than Itake full responsibility for the altercation that did take place."Locksley told News 13.
This isn't the first time Gerald and Locksley have clashed.
The Daily Lobo's sports editor, Isaac Avilucea,
"Locksley pestered Gerald, continually advancing toward him asthe wide receivers coach attempted to distance himself fromLocksley," he wrote adding he couldn't hear what they were talkingabout. However he described both men as animated and angry.
Locksley said raised voices are part of the job.
“As a head coach I reserve the right to try to do whateverit takes without crossing lines to ensure that my coaches, myplayers and everyone involved in the program are meeting thestandards that I set," he said.
Locksley is paid $750,000 a year. If worse came to worse and hewere fired for cause UNM would not have to pay him beyond the dateof his termination.
Gerald is on paid administrative leave with both Locksley andKrebs saying he is still welcome in the program.
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