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DJ Durkin being put on leave draws mixed reaction in Maryland, coaching communities

DJ Durkin being put on leave draws mixed reaction in Maryland, coaching communities

Len Elmore played in an era when coaches were known to be in-your-face disciplinarians, though the basketball coach he played for at Maryland in the early to mid 1970s, Lefty Driesell, was decidedly not one of them.

Yet as Elmore’s two sons were growing up, he once wrote in an article that he would never have allowed them to play for Bobby Knight, whose legendary career at Indiana came crashing down after tangible proof of abuse.

“There’s a difference between coaching hard and developing young people for life,” Elmore said Saturday, after learning Maryland football coach DJ Durkin had been placed on administrative leave by athletic director Damon Evans amid allegations of a...

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