The University of Maryland has granted football coach DJ Durkin paid administrative leave as he investigates the allegations of abuse and program reduction and the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.
Athletic Director Damon Evans announced the move on Saturday Attack Coordinator Matt Canada will serve as the team's head coach.
Maryland has put two sports coaches and a strength coach on administrative leave as the school continues to monitor the circumstances surrounding the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, ESPN said.
Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair showed signs of extreme exhaustion, had difficulty standing up while running sprints and had a temperature of 106 degrees before he died of heat stroke, several sources told ESPN.
Current Maryland players describe a culture of fear and intimidation within the football program leading up to the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair
"I am extremely concerned about the allegations of unacceptable behavior shown by members in recent media reports our football team, "Evans wrote in a letter to students, staff and alumni. "We are determined to thoroughly investigate the program, and the best decision for our football program is to put Maryland's head coach DJ Durkin on leave so that we can properly assess the culture of the program, which is immediately effective. Evans continued, "The external review of the tragic death of Jordan McNair continues, and we are committed to publicly publicizing the report prepared by an independent and national expert These alleged behaviors are not in line with the values that I expect all of our employees to hold on to, and we need to do better, they will hear from me while our work respects the culture of respect for ours Football program. "
The school set the main football athletic coach Wes R on Friday obinson and director of athletic training Steve Nordwall on the administrative leave, sources told ESPN. Rick Court, Maryland's assistant athletics director for sports, was on paid leave Saturday, sources said.
Durkin oversaw Maryland's training on Saturday morning. ESPN on Friday reported on current and former players as well as current and former employees of bullying, insults and humiliation against players. ESPN also reported Friday that McNair, 19, died of a heat stroke after showing visible signs of stress during a workout on May 29th. He died on June 13th.
The Baltimore Sun reported that Durkin on Friday sent a letter to the families of the players ESPN history, asking them to send their concerns to the program.
Durkin, 40, is ready to enter his third season as Maryland's head coach. He is 10-15 at school.