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UMD football coach placed on leave following abuse allegations

A general view of Maryland's football stadium UMD Places Members Of Athletic Staff On External Leave Following External Review
Cary Erickson | 12 August, 2018, 13:12

Maryland announced Saturday that head football coach DJ Durkin has been placed on administrative leave after reports of a toxic environment within his program.

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

The school is also investigating the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, 19, who died weeks after an offseason workout in June.

"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 DJ Durkin, and expect that the investigation into the program will be wide-ranging and thorough", Mr. Hogan wrote.

Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of the program.

Earlier Saturday, a person who had been briefed on the situation told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Court had also been placed on leave by the school. No cause of death has been officially released, but ESPN has since learned that heatstroke is the cause of death. He played in one game for Maryland, against Towson, on September 9. A final report is expected September 15.

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June 25, 2018: Evans is named full-time athletic director.

In the aftermath of those reports, three people involved with the team's strength and conditioning staff were placed on administrative leave amid an independent investigation into McNair's death.

UMD officials added in the statement that the school was committed to "examining and addressing any such reports when they are brought to our attention".

August 10, 2018: ESPN.com reports allegations of a toxic coaching culture under Durkin and Court.

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 safety and well-being of our student-athletes is our highest priority".