Maryland places head football coach DJ Durkin on leave

Maryland places head football coach DJ Durkin on leave

Maryland places head football coach DJ Durkin on leave

"In light of deeply troubling reports about the University of Maryland football program's training practices and general culture, I support the university's decision to suspend Coach D.J. Durkin, and expect that the investigation into the program will be wide-ranging and thorough", Hogan said in a statement. Maryland offensive coordinator Matt Canada will act as interim head coach, Evans said.

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

The school is also investigating the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, 19, who died weeks after an offseason workout in June. Durkin had served as defensive coordinator at the University of MI and was brought to Maryland after previous coach Randy Edsall was sacked by the university.

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As Mr Waldron was preparing to "run and take cover", he looked back and "saw a bright, pinpoint area of flame". Mr Russell's family said in the statement that the recordings showed he wasn't planning to harm others.

McNair reportedly died of a heatstroke in June after collapsing at an offseason team workout, ESPN reported Friday.

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.

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

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Strength and conditioning coach Rick Court is the most frequently named member of the coaching staff, though head coach D.J. Durkin's name arises as well, and he and Court are described as like-minded.

June 19, 2018: Maryland announces the hire of Rod Walters, a sports medicine consultant who oversaw athletic training at Appalachian State and SC, to conduct a review into the death of McNair. The report alleges multiple trainers essentially dragged him across the finish, after he already began exhibiting signs of serious fatigue.

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

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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.

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