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UMD football coach placed on leave following abuse allegations

UMD football coach placed on leave following abuse allegations

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. Matt Canada will serve as the interim head coach.

January 2016: Durkin hires Rick Court as head strength and conditioning coach at Maryland.

May 29, 2018: Offensive lineman Jordan McNair is hospitalized after showing signs of heatstroke and exhaustion while participating in a team workout.

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. McNair died two weeks later on June 13. No cause of death has been officially released, but ESPN has since learned that heatstroke is the cause of death.

Athletic Director Damon Evans said in a statement Saturday that placing Durkin on leave was "the best decision" for the football program so that the "culture of the program" could be reviewed. The story followed the tragic death of football player Jordan in June, who was allegedly not cared for properly in the events leading up to his death.

An attorney for the McNair family told ESPN that a lawsuit is very likely.

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. The ESPN report also cast doubt on the legitimacy if that investigation, reporting that interviews with players didn't begin until this month and were held in near-proximity to coaches' offices. Additional staff has been placed on leave by Maryland, but exactly who and how many were not revealed.

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"I would never, ever, ever allow my child to be coached there", said a former Maryland staffer who was quoted in the story.

A former Maryland staff member said: "I would never, ever, ever allow my child to be coached there."

August 11, 2018: Maryland announces Durkin has been placed on administrative leave pending an external review.

Evans said he was extremely concerned by the allegations of "unacceptable behaviors" by members of the Maryland football in the ESPN report. Evans said that the university is committed to fully investigating the program.

Court was placed on paid leave as part of the investigation into the article's claims, The Associated Press reported Saturday, citing an anonymous source.

Durkin, who served under Muschamp from 2011-2014 at Florida, is now the head coach of the Terrapins.