Maryland’s Football Coach and Staff Placed on Leave

Jordan McNair

The death of University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair has now lead to coaches being placed on leave. McNair passed away after suffering from heatstroke following an outdoor practice in June.

DJ Durkin

Now it has been announced that the school’s head football coach DJ Durkin has been placed on leave as well as other members of the athletics staff. Maryland’s strength and conditioning coach, Rick Court is among the others on leave.

McNair died two weeks after participating in a workout at Maryland’s outdoor practice fields.

The university is reviewing McNair’s death. “We will be able to speak in greater detail when the review is complete and shared with the public,” said the school’s director of communications, Jessica L. Jennings. “Our thoughts remain with Jordan McNair’s family, friends and teammates.”

Maryland offensive coordinator Matt Canada will act as interim head coach.

ESPN recently published a report describing a “toxic culture at Maryland football.” School officials say they are concerned about the allegations made in the report and that the alleged behaviors are not consistent with the values they expect the staff to adhere to.

As more information comes, the article will be updated.

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