Maryland’s DJ Durkin Placed On Administrative Leave
The rough time for the Big Ten continues.
While the Urban Meyer situation and investigation into the Zach Smith controversy continues to be the big story in college football, fellow Big Ten Easter Maryland is having problems of its own.
As the circumstances around the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair continue to be investigated – with the cause of death determined to be heatstroke after struggling during a spring workout – ESPN reported that Maryland put trainers Wes Robinson, Rick Court, and Steve Nordwall on administrative leave. And now, athletic director Damon Evans announced that head coach DJ Durkin has been placed on leave as well.
ESPN also reported on an alleged “toxic culture” surrounding the program under Durkin, detailing reports of humiliation and intimidation of players, verbally abusive instances, and workouts that pushed some players beyond their limits.
And now Maryland is trying to figure out what to do next.
The school will conduct a full investigation into the allegations, with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan weighing in as well.
In the meantime, offensive coordinator Matt Canada will be the interim head coach. The 46-year-old has been the OC at Northern Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, NC State and Pitt before working at the position at LSU last season.
Durkin has gone 10-15 in his first two seasons as the Maryland head man, getting the job following his time as the Michigan defensive coordinator under Jim Harbaugh. Before that, he was the Florida defensive coordinator and was the interim head coach after Will Muschamp left the program.
The Terps start the season against Texas in Landover on September 1st.