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DJ Durkin

DJ Durkin

South Carolina's Will Muschamp passionately defended his former defensive coordinator DJ Durkin this morning in the wake of an ESPN report which paints the picture of a "toxic culture" surrounding Maryland football.

The most notable instance in the report involved Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who died in June as a result of a heat stroke caused from exhaustive sprints in a team workout just two weeks prior.

"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 D.J. Durkin, and expect that the investigation into the program will be wide-ranging and thorough", Hogan said in a statement.

Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of the program. ESPN reported McNair passed away due to heatstroke he suffered during the workout.

June 13, 2018: McNair dies in the hospital at age 19. "This is effective immediately", athletic director Damon Evans said in a statement.

Ben Jealous, the Democrat running for governor, published a tweet calling for Evans and Durkin's suspensions, ahead of the announcement that Durkin was placed on leave.

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

Muschamp also addressed allegations from anonymous players, questioning their veracity and the players' motives.

Evans said he was extremely concerned by the allegations of "unacceptable behaviors" by members of the Maryland football in the ESPN report. Sources also told ESPN.com that Court, assistant athletic director of sports performance was also placed on leave.

August 11, 2018: Maryland announces Durkin has been placed on administrative leave pending an external review.

Durkin wrote in a letter to the Baltimore Sun that the program was "cooperating fully" with investigators.

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