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Maryland fires coach DJ Durkin day after reinstatement

Maryland fires coach DJ Durkin day after reinstatement

In the wake of a tragedy, it was turned into a political battle between Wallace Loh, the president, and James T. Brady, the chairman of the board of regents. The embattled coach of the Terrapins was on administrative leave since August 11 when investigations into into the football program began in the wake of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair's May 29 death from heatstroke. "And I have no interest in serving as a distraction from that important work".

After reviewing external reports on the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and the culture of the program, the board chose to reinstate Durkin and retain athletic director Damon Evans.

Durkin and Evans were on the job when McNair collapsed on the practice field on May 29 and died of heatstroke on June 13. "These were hard decisions, based on information included in reports stemming from two investigations and a great deal of thought and deliberation", Brady wrote. He said it had spread around the team that he had talked to investigators about the culture of the team, and he said that the pro-Durkin faction taunted him when Durkin returned to practice for the one day.

"[The Pro-Durkin player] walked up to this young player... and he punched him viciously in the face", Murphy said in the interview, not mentioning any player involved by name. He's a good man who wants the best for our state.

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"Now Dr. Loh needs to act".

Prior to the news of Durkin's dismissal, Gov. Larry Hogan demanded the board and Loh participate in a public meeting to explain how they arrived at the conclusion to retain the coach.

After Brady's announcement, Hogan's office issued a statement that read: "Governor Hogan thanks Mr. Brady for his service on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, as well as his many years of distinguished public service under three governors of both parties".

"I have directed the halting of future funding to the university", Levenson said, "until such time as I am convinced the university will be governed in the manner I was lead to believe it would be governed when I made my commitment". After McNair's death, the board of regents called for an independent investigation of the circumstance that led to the death and an external review of the football program.