SC head coach Will Muschamp spoke out in support of his former defensive coordinator and current Maryland head coach DJ Durkin after a bombshell report published Friday claimed the football program developed a toxic culture under Durkin.
Durkin, who served under Muschamp from 2011-2014 at Florida, is now the head coach of the Terrapins. We must do better, and we will rebuild a culture of respect in our football program. Durkin had served as defensive coordinator at the University of MI and was brought to Maryland after previous coach Randy Edsall was sacked by the university. "This is effective immediately", athletic director Damon Evans said in a statement. An external review was initiated in the wake of McNair's death and is ongoing. McNair, 19, is said to have died of heatstroke after collapsing at a practice and receiving a kidney transplant while in the hospital.
Ben Jealous, the Democrat running for governor, published a tweet calling for Evans and Durkin's suspensions, ahead of the announcement that Durkin was placed on leave. If that former staffer had any guts, why didn't he put his named on that?More news: Pogba leads Manchester United to winning Premier League start
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"I am extremely concerned by the allegations of unacceptable behaviors by members of our football staff detailed in recent media reports", Evans said in his statement.
ESPN reported allegations of a "toxic culture" in Maryland's football program that included excessive verbal abuse, a coach purposely throwing small weights in the direction of players and the "punitive" use of food for players who were overweight or underweight. We are committed to fully investigating the program. Sources also told ESPN.com that Court, assistant athletic director of sports performance was also placed on leave.
While not every investigation is complete, there were major developments Friday afternoon, as ESPN released an article detailing a "toxic culture" behind the scenes, including several eyewitness accounts of the day Jordan McNair suffered his heatstroke.