Zook knows Locksley's time is coming

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Get ready to hear the name Mike Locksley a lot in the coming weeks and months.

The Illinois offensive coordinator likely will be in the mix for several head-coaching jobs that have already come open or will in the near future. Locksley's recruiting exploits in the Washington, D.C. area are well documented -- he landed Arrelious Benn, Vontae Davis and Reggie Ellis, among others -- and his offense leads the Big Ten in passing (272.3 ypg) and ranks 28th nationally in scoring (33 ppg) this season.

Locksley already has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the vacancy at Tennessee. He received a raise and a contract extension through 2012 after Illinois reached the Rose Bowl, but more suitors will be after him soon.

"I don't think there's any question Locksley's going to get a [head-coaching] job," Illini head coach Ron Zook said today. "That's just something we all expect and we all look forward to celebrating with him. Do I want to lose him? No, I don't want to lose him, but it makes you feel good knowing you've got a guy the caliber of Locks. He deserves that opportunity."