Maryland places head football coach DJ Durkin on leave

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On Saturday afternoon, the university made a decision to go even further, placing head football coach D.J. Durkin on administrative leave. Matt Canada will serve as interim head coach.

The allegations in the story include ones of verbal and mental abuse that have contributed to a "toxic" culture at Maryland, which has already been under self-appointed external investigation following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair following a workout.

"In light of deeply troubling reports about the University of Maryland football program's training practices and general culture, I support the university's decision to suspend Coach DJ Durkin, and expect that the investigation into the program will be wide-ranging and thorough", Mr. Hogan wrote.

For some background, Terps head coach D.J.

"Jordan was a tremendous athlete, student, teammate, and friend, and he will be sorely missed", Executive Athletic Director Damon Evans said in June. McNair, 19, is said to have died of heatstroke after collapsing at a practice and receiving a kidney transplant while in the hospital.

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Following McNair's death June 13, the university hired sports medicine consulting firm Walters investigate player safety protocols.

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 name on it?

"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.

Earlier Saturday, a person who had been briefed on the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Court had been placed on leave by the school.

A former staff member recalled a time when one player was in a team meeting with food on a plate because he was rushing from a meal to get to the meeting, and [strength and conditioning coach Rick] Court smacked the plate of food out of the player's hands, yelling at him.