Maryland coach DJ Durkin placed on leave by administration as investigation begins

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Jordan McNair, 19, died in June, reportedly from heatstroke after suffering from "extreme exhaustion" after a workout in May, reports said.

This news comes after players present at the workout told ESPN that McNair could not finish the workout on his own.

After evaluating McNair at the football facilities, EMT responders call in a "male patient with a seizure", and McNair was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital. Heatstroke was eventually determined to be the cause of his death. The story followed the tragic death of football player Jordan in June, who was allegedly not cared for properly in the events leading up to his death.


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

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". Evans, who had been at Maryland since 2014, had been serving as acting athletic director since April. Durkin in light of an ESPN report published Friday night. Multiple sources close to the program describe past behavior of intimidation, humiliation and verbal abuse that created a culture of fear for the players.

Muschamp also addressed allegations from anonymous players, questioning their veracity and the players' motives. If that former staffer had any guts, why didn't he put his name on it?


A former Maryland staff member said: "I would never, ever, ever allow my child to be coached there."

After the Maryland athletic department placed Durkin on leave Saturday afternoon, Gov. Larry Hogan released a statement in support of the decision.

Evans said he was extremely concerned by the allegations of "unacceptable behaviors" by members of the Maryland football in the ESPN report. We are committed to fully investigating the program.


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