Maryland has released head football coach DJ Durkin on vacation after reports of a poisonous culture became known as part of the program, which could have contributed to the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair in June
Maryland's Decision, Coach D.J. Durkin on leave, as the university investigates allegations of "unacceptable behavior" by members of the Terrapins coaching staff in an ESPN article, marks the second scandal that hit a Big Ten Conference program last month.
Durkin and his associates created a poisonous culture of intimidation and humiliation, the article claims.
The other scandal involving the state of Ohio and its coach Urban Meyer is drawing to a close. An independent investigation into Meyer's allegations of allegations of abuse with former assistant coach Zach Smith is scheduled to be completed by the end of this week, and the results will help determine if Meyer remains head coach of the Buckeyes.
Football Championship Stephen F. Austin's former coach, Clint Conque, resigned last week following his suspension in June due to an unknown violation of university policy
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Scandals with head coach are not new, though changes to How the NCAA rates offenses, has put such coaches under a brighter headlight. NCAA statutes now hold head coaches more responsible than ever for injuries that occur even without their knowledge.
But the recent story is punctuated with examples of head coaches who, like Durkin and Meyer, were suspended or even dismissed for various transgressions. Examples include:
New Mexico coach Bob Davie. Davie was suspended last month for 30 days without pay when the university investigated whether he and the Lobos coaching team intervened in cases of misconduct by gamblers.
Baylor coach Art Briles. Briles was essentially excluded from college football because of his involvement in the University's abuse scandal. Briles was taken on vacation in May 2016 and fired shortly thereafter.
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood. Flood was suspended for three games in the fall of 2015 and fined $ 50,000 after violating university policies when he contacted a professor to discuss the academic suitability of a student-athlete. Flood was fired at the end of the 2015 season.
Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino. Petrino was first taken on vacation and then released in the spring of 2012 after a motorcycle accident triggered an inappropriate relationship with a university employee. Petrino is currently the head coach in Louisville.
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. Seven years before Meyer's scandal, Tressel stepped back amidst its own scandal: misleading investigators of the NCAA over the nature of the improper benefits granted to the players. Tressel was originally suspended for two games, then five and fined $ 250,000.