Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Maryland places DJ Durkin on administrative leave

Maryland places DJ Durkin on administrative leave

The coach of the Universtiy of Maryland's football team was placed on leave Saturday while the school reviews allegations of "unacceptable behavior" following the June death of a player who was hospitalized after a team workout.

In the weeks following University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair's death from heatstroke, UMD has placed members of their athletic staff on administrative leave. 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.

Ben Jealous, a candidate for Maryland governor, is also calling for the suspensions of Durkin and Evans, until an investigation into McNair's death has been finished.

The report said McNair had "showed signs of extreme exhaustion" before he died of heatstroke suffered during the May workout.

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".

August 10, 2018: ESPN.com reports allegations of a toxic coaching culture under Durkin and Court.

A former Maryland staff member said: "I would never, ever, ever allow my child to be coached there."
Multiple sources close to the program describe past behavior of intimidation, humiliation and verbal abuse that created a culture of fear for the players. Maryland offensive coordinator Matt Canada will act as interim head coach, Evans said.

Muschamp also addressed allegations from anonymous players, questioning their veracity and the players' motives.

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. Sources also told ESPN.com that Court, assistant athletic director of sports performance was also placed on leave.

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