COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland interim head coach Mike Locksley was asked Tuesday during his weekly press conference with the media about the situation that unfolded over the weekend at Missouri, where football players threatened to boycott their game Saturday against BYU over concerns about the handling of racial incidents on the university’s campus.
The question was posed as a hypothetical, asking whether he would support a team protest if a similar situation like the one at Missouri were to arise. Locksley stressed the value of team unity and the difficulty of dealing with a hypothetical of that magnitude before continuing with this answer.
“What I told the team this morning about the Missouri situation was it’s amazing what happens when a team comes together,” Locksley said. “And to deal with a hypothetical situation would be tough because obviously it would have to be something that as a coaching staff was a person that I believe in as well.
“I do believe as a parent -- and I always look at coaching as being a parent -- that you support your children when they’re right and when they’re wrong, you teach them and use them as teachable moments and I think that the Missouri situation is an awesome teachable moment.”
Missouri players will take part in Saturday’s game after the resignation of the university’s president and chancellor on Monday.
“I would be in favor of making sure as a parent that if the guys or the players are right, that you support them,” Locksley ended by saying, “and if it’s a teachable moment to where it may not be right, then we use it as that.”