UMd. head coach placed on leave

Maryland Coach DJ Durkin gathers with his staff during early signing period for recruits last December

Former Texas defensive coordinator and current SC head coach Will Muschamp made national headlines Saturday when asked about Durkin, who coached under Muschamp at Florida for four seasons.

Durkin, who served under Muschamp from 2011-2014 at Florida, is now the head coach of the Terrapins. Evans said that the university is committed to fully investigating the program.

In an open letter, athletic director Damon Evans wrote: 'At this time, the best decision for our football program is to place Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of the program'.

Durkin's leave came as the school investigates the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who was hospitalized May 29 after a team workout and died June 13. Heatstroke was eventually determined to be the cause of his death.

The Bleacher Report wrote that McNair appeared in one game last season as a true freshman but ended up redshirting, hoping for a starting spot this year. He played in one game for Maryland, against Towson, on September 9. According to ESPN's report, the Maryland program used fear and intimidation, verbal abuse and endorsed unhealthy eating habits, including overeating to the point of vomiting. McNair's parents hired a Baltimore law firm to also investigate.

The university said members of the athletics staff had been placed on administrative leave pending the final outcome of McNair's death investigation and that it had "commissioned an external review of the procedures and protocols surrounding athletes' health and safety".

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In Evans's statement, the athletic director says that the school will publicly release the external review it is conducting into McNair's death.

Earlier Saturday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous was among a series of politicians calling for the suspension of Durkin.

August 11, 2018: Maryland announces Durkin has been placed on administrative leave pending an external review.

Maryland placed head football coach DJ Durkin and the team's strength and conditioning staff on paid leave while it investigates claims he verbally abused and humiliated players, a person briefed on the situation said. "We must have complete confidence that our student athletes are treated with dignity and respect and that they are supervised and coached responsibly".

"If the investigation confirms these reports, then strong and permanent corrective actions should be taken immediately", Hogan said. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

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