D.J. Durkin Reinstated by Maryland As Head Coach

By Matt de Bear on October 31, 2018 at 10:23 am
Dec 26, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Maryland Terrapins head coach D. J. Durkin on the sideline prior to the game against the Boston College Eagles at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Following two lengthy reports into both the culture of the program, and the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Jordan McNair, the Univerisity of Maryland has inexplicably reinstated D.J. Durkin as head its head football coach. Durkin had been on paid leave since late-August when ESPN reported a toxic culture surrounding his program.

The University was already in the process of investigating McNair's passing at the time, and commissioned a separate report to look into the ESPN story. After reviewing the latter, the Maryland Board of Regents elected to retain Durkin, who is 10-15 in two years, and reinstate him to a team that has gone 5-3 without his presence.

Athletic Director Damon Evans will also stay in his position, while University President Wallace Loh announced his intentions to retire in the spring. Reports in the Washington Post indicated Loh was not in agreement with the Board's decision.