Will Muschamp slams 'gutless' reporting of Maryland football allegations

Maryland Coach DJ Durkin gathers with his staff during early signing period for recruits last December

Maryland Coach DJ Durkin gathers with his staff during early signing period for recruits last December

SC head coach Will Muschamp defended former assistant D.J. Durkin and criticized ESPN for a "lack of journalistic integrity" in its report on the "toxic coaching culture" under Durkin at Maryland. Maryland offensive coordinator Matt Canada will act as interim head coach, Evans said. 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".

Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of the program. McNair, 19, reportedly died of heatstroke in June after being hospitalized with a body temperature of 106 degrees. McNair's parents are being represented by Baltimore attorney Bill Murphy, whose firm is also investigating. Evans said in a statement, "I am extremely concerned by the allegations of unacceptable behaviors by members of our football staff detailed in recent media reports".

August 11, 2018: Maryland announces Durkin has been placed on administrative leave pending an external review.

The ESPN story published Friday quoted unidentified sources saying Court and Durkin created a toxic culture within the Big Ten conference program.

Earlier Saturday, a person who had been briefed on the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Court had been placed on leave by the school.

"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.

Athletic Director Damon Evans, in a letter to the university's community, disputed the accusations in the ESPN report, stating that the claims were "not reflective of the culture we seek to build here".

Durkin, entering his third season with the Terrapins, has come under scrutiny after offensive lineman Jordan McNair collapsed during a conditioning workout and eventually died.

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