Yesterday an investigation was opened at Maryland. The case was opened after multiple staff memebers involved with the football team were placed on administrative leave. Reports of abuse within the program were released following the death of offensive player, Jordan McNair. The university’s Athletic director Damon Evans, now has announced one more staff member being placed on leave: head coach DJ Durkin.
“I am extremely concerned by the allegations of unacceptable behaviors by members of our football staff detailed in recent media reports,” Evans expressed in a release. “We are committed to fully investigating the program. At this time, the best decision for our football program is to place Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of the program. This is effective immediately. Matt Canada will serve as interim head coach.
“The external review into the tragic death of Jordan McNair continues, and we have committed to releasing publicly the report being prepared by an independent and national expert. The safety and well-being of our student-athletes is our highest priority. These alleged behaviors are not consistent with the values I expect all of our staff to adhere to and we must do better. You will be hearing from me as our work continues to rebuild the culture of respect in our football program.”
Canada is the team’s offensive coordinator and in his first year with the Terps.
Maryland’s president Wallace D. Loh, also weighed in on the allegations of abuse that have recently been reported:
“The University of Maryland is committed to a football program that is safe and humane, and where our student-athletes are successful in their academic and athletic endeavors. This commitment will be carried out with accountability, fairness, and transparency.”