It was only a matter of time before other coaches were asked about the bombshell reports that described a toxic culture at Maryland but the award for one of the more tone-deaf statements in the wake of serious allegations stemming from a player's depth appears to come from SC head coach Will Muschamp on Saturday. Maryland offensive coordinator Matt Canada will act as interim head coach, Evans said.
Maryland is conducting an external investigation into offensive lineman Jordan McNair's death after a May workout.
"In light of deeply troubling reports about the University of Maryland football program's training practices and general culture, I support the university's decision to suspend Coach DJ Durkin, and expect that the investigation into the program will be wide-ranging and thorough".
June 21, 2018: ESPN.com confirms the McNair family retained the law firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy to represent the family. McNair died two weeks later on June 13.
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"Jordan was a tremendous athlete, student, teammate, and friend, and he will be sorely missed", Executive Athletic Director Damon Evans said in June.
"I would never, ever, ever allow my child to be coached there", said a former Maryland staffer who was quoted in the story.
ESPN first published its report Friday that detailed a coaching environment "based on fear and intimidation" and was particularly critical of the behavior of strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, who was one of Durkin's first hires at Maryland. The sources also revealed allegations of unhealthy eating habits and using food punitively against the players.
While no official cause of death has been released, Dr. Rod Walters, a former Maryland trainer, was hired by the university to investigate if coaches and officials followed proper protocols after McNair became ill.
Earlier Saturday, a person who had been briefed on the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Court had been placed on leave by the school.