Durkin Out at Maryland Amid Protests

Maryland
head football coach DJ Durkin has been fired one day after he was reinstated by
the university following a suspension over the death of a player during off season
conditioning back in May.

Offensive
lineman Jordan McNair collapsed of heatstroke on May 29th and ultimately
died on June 13th. Durkin was immediately placed on administrative leave
with pay while an investigation was conducted.

The decision
to reinstate Durkin was met with protests from Maryland players who honor
McNair prior to every home game by gathering around a field graphic of his
jersey number 79.

At least six
parents of Maryland players have spoken out against Durkin and the University
for having failed to protect their children.

Offensive
lineman Ellis McKennie was quoted as saying, “a group of people don’t have the
courage to hold anyone responsible for his death. If only they had the courage
Jordan did.”

Maryland Governor
Larry Hogan also expressed his concern over the decision to reinstate Durkin as
well as the Maryland Student Government Organization.

An ESPN
report revealed a toxic coaching culture under Durkin and strength and conditioning
coach Rick Court, who Durkin had hired. The program was beset by a “coaching environment
based on intimidation and fear and extreme verbal abuse of players”.

Durkin wasn’t fired for cause therefore he will
receive a buyout of his contract. The Terrapins have posted a 5-3 record in
2018 under interim head coach Matt Canada.