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Maryland places head football coach DJ Durkin on leave

12 August, 2018, 13:14 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Maryland Coach DJ Durkin speaks during last month’s Big Ten Conference media days

SC head coach Will Muschamp spoke out in support of his former defensive coordinator and current Maryland head coach DJ Durkin after a bombshell report published Friday claimed the football program developed a toxic culture under Durkin.

Newly hired offfensive coordinator Matt Canada is serving as interim coach at this time.

"In light of deeply troubling reports about the University of Maryland football program's training practices and general culture, I support the university's decision to suspend Coach D.J. Durkin, and expect that the investigation into the program will be wide-ranging and thorough", Hogan said in a statement.

June 14, 2018: Maryland holds a news conference with acting athletic director Damon Evans and Durkin, along with team physician Dr. McNair has difficulty finishing a set of 110-yard sprints and is found to have a body temperature of 106 degrees at a local hospital.

Multiple officials with the University of Maryland athletic staff have been suspended pending a review following allegations of a toxic environment leading to the death of football player Jordan McNair earlier this year.

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Durkin, entering his third season with the Terrapins, has come under scrutiny after offensive lineman Jordan McNair collapsed during a conditioning workout and eventually died.

Ben Jealous, the Democrat running for governor, published a tweet calling for Evans and Durkin's suspensions, ahead of the announcement that Durkin was placed on leave. The sources also revealed allegations of unhealthy eating habits and using food punitively against the players.

Court was placed on paid leave as part of the investigation into the article's claims, The Associated Press reported Saturday, citing an anonymous source. We are committed to fully investigating the program.

The University of Maryland released a statement Friday afternoon announcing this development while the final outcome of the review is pending.

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