Maryland places DJ Durkin on administrative leave

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The announcement follows an article published in ESPN this week that referenced players' complaints that Durkin and Rick Court, the person in charge of team's strength and conditioning staff, cultivated a culture of toxicity on and off the field.

Maryland announces two staff members were placed on administrative leave.

"The Associated Press reports that the officials, whose names were not released, are on administrative leave following a report from ESPN detailing verbal and physical abuse committed under the leadership of head coach DJ Durkin before McNair's death".

Offensive coordinator Matt Canada is named interim head coach. The football team practiced with Durkin.

December 2, 2015: Maryland hires DJ Durkin as head coach. ESPN's report, released Friday, roughly two months after McNair's death, detailed horrific and demeaning treatment of players by members of Durkin's staff.

"At this time, the best decision for our football program is to place Maryland Head Coach DJ Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of the program". Walters's report is expected to be released September 15.

June 21, 2018: ESPN.com confirms the McNair family retained the law firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy to represent the family.

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.

Maryland is conducting an external investigation into offensive lineman Jordan McNair's death after a May workout. Durkin coached as defensive coordinator under Muschamp while the two were at Florida and have known each other for several years.

Court, who was one of Durkin's first hires when he came to College Park from MI after the 2015 season, was reported to be running the conditioning test. He reiterated his support for the full investigation of the program.

Durkin brought Court to Maryland to lead the strength and conditioning staff in 2016.

A former Maryland staff member said: "I would never, ever, ever allow my child to be coached there."
Sources also told ESPN.com that Court, assistant athletic director of sports performance was also placed on leave.

Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald expressed support for Court on Saturday.

"He worked us hard", Fitzgerald told the AP. 'They were definitely tough workouts, but ultimately he wasn't out to get anybody. "From what I remember, he never really went over the line or did anything insane like that".

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