Mayland football coach DJ Durkin placed on leave

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UMD Places Members Of Athletic Staff On External Leave Following External Review

As of now, offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who was hired by Maryland in January, will be the interim head coach. Like some investigative reporting, it relies on unnamed sources - specifically "two current Maryland players, multiple people close to the football program, and former players and football staffers".

"I know D.J. Durkin personally", he said.

Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of the program.

The coach of the Universtiy of Maryland's football team was placed on leave Saturday while the school reviews allegations of "unacceptable behavior" following the June death of a player who was hospitalized after a team workout.

This came after three staff members were also put on leave following an ESPN report that detailed a toxic culture within the football program and questions about the workout that led to the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair. Sources also told ESPN.com that Court, assistant athletic director of sports performance was also placed on leave. McNair, 19, is said to have died of heatstroke after collapsing at a practice and receiving a kidney transplant while in the hospital.

The University of Maryland released a statement Friday afternoon announcing this development while the final outcome of the review is pending.

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The jets were armed but did not open fire, North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman Cameron Hillier said by phone. As two fighter pilots flew behind and closed in on the Q400, Richard crash-landed the plane in a cloud of smoke.

June 21, 2018: ESPN.com confirms the McNair family retained the law firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy to represent the family.

"The safety and well-being of our student-athletes is our highest priority".

Athletic Director Damon Evans, in a letter to the university's community, disputed the accusations in the ESPN report, stating that the claims were "not reflective of the culture we seek to build here".

A former staff member recalled a time when one player was in a team meeting with food on a plate because he was rushing from a meal to get to the meeting, and [strength and conditioning coach Rick] Court smacked the plate of food out of the player's hands, yelling at him.

He passed away days later, on June 13. We are committed to fully investigating the program.

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