Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
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Maryland puts head coach DJ Durkin on leave after football player's death

Maryland puts head coach DJ Durkin on leave after football player's death

Durkin, who served under Muschamp from 2011-2014 at Florida, is now the head coach of the Terrapins.

Maryland is conducting an external investigation into offensive lineman Jordan McNair's death after a May workout. Details about what lead to his death were sparse, but on Friday evening, ESPN published a pair of bombshell reports - one regarding the circumstances around McNair's death, another revealing a culture of fear and intimidation within the Terrapin football program.

For some background, Terps head coach D.J.

Athletic Director Damon Evans, in a letter to the university's community, disputed the accusations in the ESPN report, stating that the claims were "not reflective of the culture we seek to build here".

Jordan McNair, 19, died in June, reportedly from heatstroke after suffering from "extreme exhaustion" after a workout in May, reports said.


August 10, 2018: ESPN.com reports allegations of a toxic coaching culture under Durkin and Court. "If that former staffer had any guts, why didn't he put his name on that?"

"I am extremely concerned by the allegations of unacceptable behavior by members of our football staff detailed in recent media reports".

Earlier Saturday, a person who had been briefed on the situation told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Court had also been placed on leave by the school. He reiterated his support for the full investigation of the program.

While no official cause of death has been released, Dr. Rod Walters, a former Maryland trainer, was hired by the university to investigate if coaches and officials followed proper protocols after McNair became ill.

ESPN reported allegations of a "toxic culture" in Maryland's football program that included excessive verbal abuse, a coach purposely throwing small weights in the direction of players and the "punitive" use of food for players who were overweight or underweight.

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