WATCH: Will Muschamp blasts media, defends D.J. Durkin
Will Muschamp usually doesn’t have a problem telling you how he feels. Over the weekend, the South Carolina head coach didn’t have an issue defending his friend and former colleague D.J. Durkin either, even if it was against his better judgment.
Durkin served on Muschamp’s staff while at Florida, establishing a close connection between the two. But, in wake of the recent ESPN report that details a “toxic” culture Durkin has created at Maryland, you might think Muschamp would back away from any questions revolving around that situation.
Instead, Muschamp was his typical intense and brash self, putting the media on blast and defending Durkin.
“There’s no credibility in anonymous sources,” Muschamp said. “If that former staffer had any guts, why didn’t he put his name to it? I think that’s gutless.
“In any business, in any company and any football team, especially right here in August, you can find a disgruntled player who’s probably not playing, so I think it’s a lack of journalistic integrity to print things with anonymous sources.
“And I know D.J. Durkin personally. I know what kind of man he is. I talked to him this morning and I don’t think it’s right.”
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Muschamp was standing up for Durkin, a friend and former colleague. But blasting the media, especially in wake of some of the reports ESPN released, is insensitive at best.
Durkin and other members of his staff are currently on leave following the ESPN report.