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Maryland Football Head Coach DJ Durkin placed on administrative leave

He joins their S&C and training staff. And the message released from Maryland is no vote of confidence.

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This has been a newsy Saturday.

The Longhorn opening opponent is currently without their old training staff, S&C Coach and now, head coach DJ Durkin. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada will serve as interim head coach.

The school released a statement:

Dear Terps,

I am extremely concerned by the allegations of unacceptable behaviors by members of our football staff detailed in recent media reports. We are committed to fully investigating the program.

At this time, the best decision for our football program is to place Maryland Head Football Coach DJ Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of the program. This is effective immediately. Matt Canada will serve as interim head coach.

The external review into the tragic death of Jordan McNair continues, and we have committed to releasing publicly the report being prepared by an independent and national expert.

The safety and well-being of our student-athletes is our highest priority. These alleged behaviors are not consistent with the values I expect all of our staff to adhere to and we must do better.

You will be hearing from me as our work continues to rebuild the culture of respect in our football program.

That doesn’t read as a vote of confidence.

As for the Maryland team, I offered some insight into their personnel and approach here. Needless to say, this is a difficult time to get much of a read on the Terps and how they’ll respond to the possibility of a new coach weeks out from an opener.


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