Maryland trustees receive letters from high-level donors supporting DJ Durkin
Maryland will kick off the 2018 season on Saturday against No. 23 Texas and it will do so without head coach DJ Durkin on the sideline.
Durkin remains on administrative leave as several ongoing investigations dig into the football program, amid a report detailing a “toxic culture.” While the head coach has been under scrutiny over the last several months, Durkin did receive a vote of confidence recently.
According to the Baltimore Sun, several “high-level” donors have penned a letter to Maryland’s Board of Trustees, expressing support for the Terrapins head coach.
From the Baltimore Sun:
“We take great issue with the Maryland football program under Coach Durkin being labeled as any type of ‘toxic environment’,” the letter read in part. “Many of us have had the opportunity to regularly attend numerous football practices, team workouts, team dinners and team events, to travel with the team for away football games and be on the sideline for home football games.
“Others have sponsored and interacted repeatedly with football players that greatly respect DJ Durkin. We have all been witnesses to the exact opposite of a toxic environment. What we have witnessed is the exact opposite of any toxic environment. What we have witnessed is a coach and coaching staff deeply committed to obtaining excellence from every player on the field, in the classroom and in life.”
Maryland has not set a timetable for the investigation to conclude or to have a decision on Durkin’s future.
Durkin and his coaching staff were put under the microscope following the death of Jordan McNair, who collapsed during an organized team workout over the summer. Maryland President Wallace Loh said that the university accepted all legal and moral responsibility for the death.
Maryland doesn’t appear to be in any hurry to make a decision and they have not released much information on the ongoing investigation.