Muschamp defends Durkin against 'gutless' report of toxic culture

University of Maryland suspends athletic staff after allegations of ‘toxic’ environment | TheHill

University of Maryland suspends athletic staff after allegations of ‘toxic’ environment | TheHill

"He's an outstanding football coach, but he's also an outstanding husband and a father and he treats people with respect", Muschamp said.

Maryland coach DJ Durkin has been placed on immediate administrative leave by the Terrapins following a detailed report alleging a harmful culture around the football program. New offensive coordinator Matt Canada will take over head coaching responsibilities in the interim.

"At this time, the best decision for our football program is to place".

On Friday, ESPN released an article describing a toxic coaching culture under Durkin and strength and conditioning coach Rick Court before McNair's death. ESPN said the players spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of repercussions of talking publicly. ESPN cited heatstroke as the cause of death.

The Bleacher Report wrote that McNair appeared in one game last season as a true freshman but ended up redshirting, hoping for a starting spot this year. He played in one game for Maryland, against Towson, on September 9.

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The university commissioned an external review and, "pending the final outcome", has placed some of the staff on leave, said Jessica L. Jennings, director of communications, in a statement. Evans, who had been at Maryland since 2014, had been serving as acting athletic director since April.

UMD officials added in the statement that the school was committed to "examining and addressing any such reports when they are brought to our attention".

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.

In this case, it's fair to assume the former staffer and two current players at Maryland who ESPN quoted anonymously could be adversely affected if Durkin, university officials or other college/professional football coaches knew their identities. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

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