Ben Jealous, gubernatorial candidate, calls for Maryland to suspend Durkin, Evans

University of Maryland suspends football coach others as player’s heatstroke death is investigated

Maryland AD Damon Evans announced Saturday that head football coach DJ Durkin has been placed on leave, effective immediately.

Newly hired offfensive coordinator Matt Canada is serving as interim coach at this time.

Maryland is conducting an external investigation into offensive lineman Jordan McNair's death after a May workout. We must do better, and we will rebuild a culture of respect in our football program.

Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of 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.

The move comes a day after an ESPN story that quoted unidentified players, former players and former Durkin staff members accusing Durkin and strength and conditioning coach Rick Court of verbally abusing and humiliating players. No cause of death has been officially released, but ESPN has since learned that heatstroke is the cause of death.

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McNair was majoring in kinesiology and was a redshirt freshman previous year. There's also a Maryland player dead of heat stroke, so Muschamp would probably do well to be a bit less dismissive of such allegations, especially since he chose to address them himself and not as a direct response to a question about them.

Dr. Rod Walters, a former college athletic trainer, has been hired by Maryland to investigate the circumstances of the death; a report is expected by September 15, The Associated Press reported.

Ben Jealous, a candidate for Maryland governor, is also calling for the suspensions of Durkin and Evans, until an investigation into McNair's death has been finished. He also said he was "committed to swiftly examining and addressing any reports brought" to his attention. ESPN's report, released Friday, roughly two months after McNair's death, detailed horrific and demeaning treatment of players by members of Durkin's staff.

August 10, 2018: ESPN.com reports allegations of a toxic coaching culture under Durkin and Court.

"The safety and well-being of our student-athletes is our highest priority".

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