Maryland coach D.J. Durkin placed on administrative leave
Maryland coach D.J. Durkin has been placed on administrative leave, the school announced Saturday. In Durkin’s absence, first-year offensive coordinator Matt Canada will be the acting head coach in Durkin’s absence.
The announcement comes after two bombshell reports by ESPN on Friday. The first detailed the conditions of the May 29 workout that sent OL Jordan McNair to the hospital and resulted in him dying of heat stroke at a trauma center. It also established a timeline of events that left an unexplained and unaccounted for 58 minutes between McNair having a seizure (5 p.m.) and 911 being called (5:58).
The second ESPN report took a deep dive into a “toxic culture” surrounding the football program. The report featured multiple on- and off-the-record sources detailing belittling, humiliation, verbal abuse by Durkin and his staff, including assistant coaches and strength and condition staff.
The initial response by Maryland was to place three members of the training staff on administrative leave. Now Durkin is joining them.
Durkin’s former boss at Florida, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, is also on administrative leave.