Maryland places DJ Durkin on administrative leave

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Durkin, who served under Muschamp from 2011-2014 at Florida, is now the head coach of the Terrapins.

"At this time, the best decision for our football program is to place".

The ESPN story published Friday quoted unidentified sources saying Court and Durkin created a toxic culture within the Big Ten conference program. ESPN said the players spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of repercussions of talking publicly.

Durkin's status was announced Saturday by Maryland Director of Athletics Damon Evans. No cause of death has been officially released, but ESPN has since learned that heatstroke is the cause of death.

A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. A final report is expected September 15. McNair's parents are being represented by Baltimore attorney Bill Murphy, whose firm is also investigating.

In the aftermath of those reports, three people involved with the team's strength and conditioning staff were placed on administrative leave amid an independent investigation into McNair's death.

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June 25, 2018: Evans is named full-time athletic director.

Maryland's gubernatorial candidates weighed in on the controversy on Saturday. The report from ESPN shared the scary details surrounding McNair's death, which called into question the Maryland training staff.

Multiple officials with the University of Maryland athletic staff have been suspended pending a review following allegations of a toxic environment leading to the death of football player Jordan McNair earlier this year.

"We must have complete confidence that our student athletes are treated with dignity and respect and that they are supervised and coached responsibly", he said.

"If the investigation confirms these reports, then strong and permanent corrective actions should be taken immediately", Hogan said.

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