Maryland football coach DJ Durkin placed on leave after report of 'toxic culture'
The trainer of the Universtiy of Maryland’s soccer crew used to be put on go away Saturday whilst the varsity opinions allegations of “unacceptable habits” following the June loss of life of a participant who used to be hospitalized after a crew exercise.
The announcement about Trainer DJ Durkin got here from Maryland athletic director Damon Evans, someday after an ESPN story a few “poisonous tradition” through which Durkin and conditioning trainer Rick Courtroom allegedly verbally abused and humiliated gamers.
Previous Saturday, an individual who were briefed at the scenario instructed the Related Press on situation of anonymity that Courtroom had additionally been put on go away through the varsity.
The college may be investigating the loss of life of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, 19, who used to be hospitalized Might 29 and died June 13.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan mentioned he helps the college’s resolution to put Durkin on go away.
“In mild of deeply troubling studies concerning the College of Maryland soccer program’s coaching practices and common tradition, I give a boost to the college’s resolution to droop Trainer D.J. Durkin, and be expecting that the investigation into this system will probably be wide-ranging and thorough,” Hogan mentioned in a remark.
“We will have to have entire self belief that our pupil athletes are handled with dignity and admire and that they’re supervised and coached responsibly,” he mentioned.
Ben Jealous, a candidate for Maryland governor, may be calling for the suspensions of Durkin and Evans, till an investigation into McNair’s loss of life has been completed.
Jealous, a Democrat and previous NAACP head, mentioned Durkin and Evans “are in the end liable for making sure the protection of our student-athletes.”
The ESPN tale revealed Friday quoted unidentified resources pronouncing Courtroom and Durkin created a poisonous tradition inside the Large Ten convention program.
The file mentioned McNair had “confirmed indicators of utmost exhaustion” prior to he died of heatstroke suffered all through the Might exercise.
“If the investigation confirms those studies, then robust and everlasting corrective movements will have to be taken instantly,” Hogan mentioned.
Durkin wrote in a letter to the Baltimore Sun that this system used to be “cooperating totally” with investigators.
The Related Press contributed to this file.