Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
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Could This Former SEC Coach Be Interested in the Maryland Job?

Could This Former SEC Coach Be Interested in the Maryland Job?

Thursday afternoon, several Maryland players disputed Barber's account on social media.

The practice was the first for football coach DJ Durkin since the University System of Maryland Board of Regents reinstated him from a months-long suspension following the death of 19-year-old Terrapins lineman Jordan McNair. "And I have no interest in serving as a distraction from that important work".

"I respect the many people - including elected leaders, members of the public and members of the board - who disagreed with the recommendations a majority of this board ultimately made", Brady said.

Maryland players are pushing back against a teammate's claim that he was assaulted near the end of a practice Tuesday during DJ Durkin's brief reinstatement as coach.

After reviewing external reports on the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and the culture of the program, the board chose to reinstate Durkin and retain athletic director Damon Evans. "These were hard decisions, based on information included in reports stemming from two investigations and a great deal of thought and deliberation", Brady wrote. And Brady decided that, since Loh wanted Durkin fired, believed Durkin should be fired for what had happened, the death of a player under his watch, that he was going to find a way to keep Durkin on the job. "I am proud that the team has remained united and represented themselves and the University well during this hard time", Durkin said. The sophomore collapsed of heatstroke during a team workout in May.

Reacting to Brady's resignation, Senator Jim Rosapepe (D, College Park) said in a statement: "I've known Jim Brady for more than 20 years".

Prior to the news of Durkin's dismissal, Gov. Larry Hogan demanded the board and Loh participate in a public meeting to explain how they arrived at the conclusion to retain the coach. Maryland announced on August 14 that it would investigate the allegations, and the board assumed control of the investigation three days later. ESPN launched an investigation into the football program under Durkin and determined that a toxic culture existed at Maryland.

Police said in a statement Thursday that an athletics department employee alerted an officer, who was at Maryland's practice at the time, to the fight.

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