Maryland places head football coach DJ Durkin on leave

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But I know D.J. Durkin personally, and I know what kind of man he is and I know what kind of person he is.

For some background, Terps head coach D.J.

January 2016: Durkin hires Rick Court as head strength and conditioning coach at Maryland. The offensive lineman was hospitalized following a team workout.

McNair reportedly died of a heatstroke in June after collapsing at an offseason team workout, ESPN reported Friday.

After evaluating McNair at the football facilities, EMT responders call in a "male patient with a seizure", and McNair was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital.

He passed away days later, on June 13. Heatstroke was eventually determined to be the cause of his death.

Athletic director Damon Evans announced the move in a letter to staff, students and alumni, saying the move was made to "properly review the culture of the program". An external investigation into the practice the day of McNair's death and the events leading up to his hospitalization is ongoing. McNair's parents are being represented by Baltimore attorney Bill Murphy, whose firm is also investigating. Evans, who had been at Maryland since 2014, had been serving as acting athletic director since April.

August 10, 2018: reports allegations of a toxic coaching culture under Durkin and Court. The report alleges multiple trainers essentially dragged him across the finish, after he already began exhibiting signs of serious fatigue.

Muschamp also addressed allegations from anonymous players, questioning their veracity and the players' motives. Pending the final outcome of this review, the university has placed members of the Athletics staff on administrative leave. If that former staffer had any guts, why didn't he put his name on it?

Following ESPN's report, Maryland placed several staffers on leave.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said he supports the university's decision to place Durkin on leave.

"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. New offensive coordinator Matt Canada will take over head coaching responsibilities in the interim.

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