Mike Locksley first saw the dishwasher as a foreign object, dropped into his kitchen by an alien being. He barely recognized it, so he certainly didn’t know how to use it. After all, Locksley grew up in a humble inner city home in Washington, D.C. To him, a dishwasher had 10 fingers, two palms and a soapy sponge.

Now, 40 years later amid a pandemic that has shut down sports, he’s alone in his home, quarantined by himself while his wife is stuck in Florida, and he’s having to use, for the first time ever, a dishwasher. The 50-year-old Locksley opens it (that’s the easy part), loads dishes into it (again, easy), finds the dish soap (not so hard either) and then applies said soap into the… the… oh dear. “I didn’t know where the soap thing goes in the dishwasher,” laughs Locksley, the second-year Maryland head coach. “I had to call my wife a couple of times and FaceTime her. ‘Where does it go?’”

Locksley’s story isn’t so unique. Across America, college football coaches are learning about life at home. Highly paid workaholics stuck in an office from early morning to late evening, the coaching community is very much used to juggling family and football, just now they’re doing it from a place some of them rarely spend time: their house.

Many of them now work normal hours these days, another twist in their life. They conduct video conference meetings in the morning, followed by electronic interaction with players in the afternoon and then on to phone calls with recruits in the evening. They can only do so much work remotely, though. “If there’s 24 hours in a day, I spend 20 on defense,” new Baylor coach Dave Aranda says. “This is a brand-new world.”

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