Maryland Head Coach D.J. Durkin Still On Administrative Leave
The University of Maryland took full responsibility, but the head man is still around.
Following the controversy over the tragic death of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair after an offseason workout, and with allegations made against the program of bullying, intimidation, and a “toxic culture,” the school has taken responsibility for the tragedy and is putting together an independent committee to investigate the program and everything surrounding the allegations.
And DJ Durkin is still the head coach. For now, pending the investigation.
The 40-year-old Durkin remains on administrative leave with no timetable on when or if he’ll be able to return.
In the meantime, Loh and Athletic Director Damon Evans are pushing forward by creating four-person committee to look into all aspects of the tragedy and the culture.
But Loh and Evans didn’t put any blame yet on the coaching staff, with only a trainer – Rick Court – fired so far, with it all pending the investigation.
Durkin has been just 10-15 in his two years, but he came up with a few excellent recruiting classes, pulled off a win at Texas to start last season, and had zero luck with quarterback health.
For the moment, offensive coordinator Matt Canada is still in the interim head coach job, holding the interim spot after Durkin was played on administrative leave.
The Terrapins host Texas in Landover, Maryland, to kickoff the season on September 1st.