UMD football coach placed on leave following abuse allegations


It was only a matter of time before other coaches were asked about the bombshell reports that described a toxic culture at Maryland but the award for one of the more tone-deaf statements in the wake of serious allegations stemming from a player's depth appears to come from SC head coach Will Muschamp on Saturday.

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

Durkin's status was announced Saturday by Maryland Director of Athletics Damon Evans.

For some background, Terps head coach D.J.

Jealous, a Democrat and former NAACP head, said Durkin and Evans "are ultimately responsible for ensuring the safety of our student-athletes". An external review was initiated in the wake of McNair's death and is ongoing.

UMD's football program came under scrutiny this year after McNair, a 19-year-old offensive linebacker, was hospitalized following a team workout and later died at the hospital.

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The report said McNair had "showed signs of extreme exhaustion" before he died of heatstroke suffered during the May workout. The report from ESPN shared the scary details surrounding McNair's death, which called into question the Maryland training staff. Multiple sources close to the program describe past behavior of intimidation, humiliation and verbal abuse that created a culture of fear for the players.

"I would never, ever, ever allow my child to be coached there", said a former Maryland staffer who was quoted in the story.

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.

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

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.

Durkin wrote in a letter to the Baltimore Sun that the program was "cooperating fully" with investigators.