Maryland has placed head football coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave, after reports emerged of a toxic coaching culture following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair in June, the university's athletic director Damon Evans announced. Durkin in light of an ESPN report published Friday night. The story relied on anonymous former players and others close to the program, which Muschamp took particular issue with when asked about the story.
"At this time, the best decision for our football program is to place". 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.
The university commissioned an external review and, "pending the final outcome", has placed some of the staff on leave, said Jessica L. Jennings, director of communications, in a statement.
The safety and well-being of our student-athletes is our highest priority. A report is expected by September 15.
Maryland placed the head of the football team's strength and conditioning staff on paid leave while it investigates claims he verbally abused and humiliated players, a person briefed on the situation said.
"I don't want the stigma to be at Maryland this is a toxic culture", Staples said.
She added: 'They're already dealing with the death of their teammate.
"He's an outstanding football coach, but he's also an outstanding husband and a father and he treats people with respect", Muschamp said.
Former Texas defensive coordinator and current SC head coach Will Muschamp made national headlines Saturday when asked about Durkin, who coached under Muschamp at Florida for four seasons.
Durkin, who was hired to coach the Terrapins in 2016, worked on Muschamp's staff at Florida, first as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator and later as defensive coordinator.
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. 'They were definitely tough workouts, but ultimately he wasn't out to get anybody. His job is to make us physically fit and ready for the season and that's exactly what he did.
Friday's ESPN article cited two unnamed former Maryland staff members in addition to two unnamed current players.
Before being named the new athletic director in late June after serving eight months in an acting role while former athletic director Kevin Anderson was on sabbatical (Anderson resigned in mid-April), Evans was the senior staff member who oversaw the football program. According to ESPN, initial reports indicate he died of heatstroke.