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UMD football coach placed on leave following abuse allegations

UMD football coach placed on leave following abuse allegations

Less than 24 hours after the University of Maryland announced that an unspecified number of athletic department and football team staff members had been placed on paid administrative leave, third-year head coach DJ Durkin was also placed on administrative leave Saturday, athletic director Damon Evans announced. The football team practiced with Durkin.

The university said members of the athletics staff had been placed on administrative leave pending the final outcome of McNair's death investigation and that it had "commissioned an external review of the procedures and protocols surrounding athletes' health and safety". Dr. Rod Walters, a former collegiate athletic trainer, has been hired by Maryland to investigate the circumstances of McNair's death. A report is expected by September 15.

June 21, 2018: ESPN.com confirms the McNair family retained the law firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy to represent the family.

ESPN reported that head football athletic trainer Wes Robinson and director of athletic training Steve Nordwall were placed on leave by Maryland.

The Longhorns dropped last year's season opener to Maryland in Austin, 51-41. The 40-year-old former MI defensive coordinator is 11-15 in two seasons after receiving a five-year contract worth $12.5 million in December 2015.

Durkin brought Court to Maryland to lead the strength and conditioning staff in 2016.




Former Texas defensive coordinator and current SC head coach Will Muschamp made national headlines Saturday when asked about Durkin, who coached under Muschamp at Florida for four seasons. Sources also told ESPN.com that Court, assistant athletic director of sports performance was also placed on leave.

ESPN released a report on Friday detailing the abusive and toxic football culture at the university under the tutelage of head coach D.J. Durkin.

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

Earlier Saturday, a person who had been briefed on the situation told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Court had also been placed on leave by the school.

In the aftermath of the death of 19-year old offensive lineman Jordan McNair, much has been made of whether or not the coaching staff should be held at fault.

"At this time, the best decision for our football program is to place Maryland Head Coach DJ Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of the program". "We must have complete confidence that our student athletes are treated with dignity and respect and that they are supervised and coached responsibly".