College Football

Maryland puts football coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave in wake of Jordan McNair's death, report of 'toxic culture'

Maryland puts football coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave in wake of Jordan McNair's death, report of 'toxic culture'

University of Maryland football coach DJ Durkin was placed on administrative leave Saturday after a pair of explosive media reports alleging abusive treatment of the players in his program.

Athletic director Damon Evans announced the move less than 24 hours after three members of Durkin’s staff were also placed on paid administrative leave pending a review of “procedures and protocols surrounding athletes’ health and safety” prompted by the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair in June.

McNair, a former standout at McDonogh School, struggled to pass the team’s conditioning test May 29 and collapsed. The Randallstown man died June 13 at R Adams Cowley Shock...

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