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Meet the commission reviewing Maryland's football program

Meet the commission reviewing Maryland's football program
Charlie Scheeler, an investigator on former Sen. George Mitchell's staff, is sworn in to testify about allegations of steroid use by professional ballplayers before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill on Feb. 13, 2008, in Washington. (Pool / Getty Images)

The president of the University of Maryland announced the creation of a four-person national commission to review the Terps football team’s culture.

It comes months after the death of offensive lineman, Jordan McNair, 19, following a preseason workout in College Park, and days after two ESPN articles detailing an allegedly “toxic” football culture at the school.

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The university placed coach DJ Durkin and three other staff members on administrative leave last week pending the commission’s review.

The commission includes Charlie Scheeler, a former prosecutor who served as lead counsel during the investigation of steroid use in Major League Baseball. Scheeler also monitored Penn State's compliance under its Athletics Integrity Agreement with the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Other members are Ben Legg, a retired chief judge for the U.S. District Court for Maryland, and Alex Williams, a retired judge in the U.S. District Court for Maryland and a former Prince George's County state’s attorney.

Additionally, UMD president Wallace Loh said in a statement, the commission will include a “retired and respected” but as yet unnamed football coach from outside the university.

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