“I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach and somebody spit in my face.”
» McNair’s teammate, Ellis McKennie, lamented that no one would be held accountable in his death.
Every Saturday my teammates and I have to kneel before the memorial of our fallen teammate. Yet a group of people do not have the courage to hold anyone accountable for his death. If only they could have the courage that Jordan had. It’s never the wrong time to do what’s right. pic.twitter.com/AaZVmLGTtS
“I understand the back room athletic program politics which led President Loh to offer his retirement. But he should stay and I’m urging him to do so. Academics need to come first. His decision can and should be reversed.”
» Del. Erek Barron, a Prince George’s County Democrat, criticized the process and praised Loh’s tenure.
“The university system had a teachable moment and they failed … Ultimately it just seems like football takes precedence over academics.”
»Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous said the news made the University of Maryland “a national embarrassment” and that Durkin and Evans both deserved to be fired. He praised Loh for taking responsibility for the athletics department’s mistakes, and called on Gov. Larry Hogan to intervene.
"If the Regents won't do the right thing on their own, Governor Hogan — who appointed the vast majority of the current Board — should step in and call on them to fire Evans and Durkin."
» Several people who said they were University of Maryland alumni expressed their disappointment with the school.
Have never been more disappointed in my university. Massive mistakes were made, but it is beyond me how coach Durkin, the one DIRECTLY in charge of the football program (and it's abusive coaches), is allowed to return, while Loh goes. Board of Regents let down all of UMD today.
If @UofMaryland chooses to retain DJ Durkin, Damon Evans, and President Loh together, after all of this, I vow to withhold any donations or purchases that would benefit the University directly until they are all removed.
» Another person called for intervention by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Is it possible for the NCAA to impose sanctions for something like this? Moreover, have fans ever been so disappointed with their own athletic program that they’re hoping for NCAA sanctions?? https://t.co/MLv4zKtamv
Last thing I'll say (note: this will probably not be the last thing), is that I've never seen an athletics scandal where basically every *fan* of the school is incensed that the school backed the coach. It's remarkable.
» Jeff Ermann, of 247Sports, said Durkin would have a “tall hill to climb” upon his return.
I was told over the weekend that the board was effectively a hung jury on Durkin' fate. It seems his interview with them and perhaps financial concerns swung the tide in his favor. He has maintained his innocence and desire to return throughout. He'll have a tall hill to climb.