Newly hired offfensive coordinator Matt Canada is serving as interim coach at this time. 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". But I know D.J. Durkin personally, and I know what kind of man he is and I know what kind of person he is.
Athletic Director Damon Evans said in a statement Saturday that placing Durkin on leave was "the best decision" for the football program so that the "culture of the program" could be reviewed.
"Following the death of Maryland football player Jordan McNair in June, the University of Maryland commissioned an external review of the procedures and protocols surrounding athletes' health and safety".More news: Trump has choice words for ex-aide Omarosa
Jordan McNair, 19, died in June, reportedly from heatstroke after suffering from "extreme exhaustion" after a workout in May, reports said.
Durkin wrote in a letter to the Baltimore Sun that the program was "cooperating fully" with investigators.
Ben Jealous, a candidate for Maryland governor, is also calling for the suspensions of Durkin and Evans, until an investigation into McNair's death has been finished.More news: Last Solar Eclipse of 2018 to Occur today
After the Maryland athletic department placed Durkin on leave Saturday afternoon, Gov. Larry Hogan released a statement in support of the decision. Sources also told ESPN.com that Court, assistant athletic director of sports performance was also placed on leave.
ESPN first published its report Friday that detailed a coaching environment "based on fear and intimidation" and was particularly critical of the behavior of strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, who was one of Durkin's first hires at Maryland.
"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.More news: Paul Pogba posts cryptic message on Instagram after Manchester United win
He passed away days later, on June 13.