Muschamp defends Durkin against 'gutless' report of toxic culture

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

McNair, 19, is said to have died of heatstroke after collapsing at a practice and receiving a kidney transplant while in the hospital.

This news comes after players present at the workout told ESPN that McNair could not finish the workout on his own. Heatstroke was eventually determined to be the cause of his death.

Durkin's status was announced Saturday by Maryland Director of Athletics Damon Evans.

"The external review into the tragic death of Jordan McNair continues, and we have committed to releasing publicly the report being generated by an independent and national expert".

June 21, 2018: ESPN.com confirms the McNair family retained the law firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy to represent the family. Evans, who had been at Maryland since 2014, had been serving as acting athletic director since April.

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Ben Jealous, the Democrat running for governor, published a tweet calling for Evans and Durkin's suspensions, ahead of the announcement that Durkin was placed on leave. The story relied on anonymous former players and others close to the program, which Muschamp took particular issue with when asked about the story.

Muschamp's claim that there's no credibility in anonymous sources is also laughable. According to sources at a staff meeting, Evans informed the team that head football athletic trainer Wes Robinson and director of athletic training Steve Nordwall were placed on leave.

A former Maryland staff member said: "I would never, ever, ever allow my child to be coached there."

"The alleged behaviors raised in the ESPN story are troubling and not consistent with our approach to the coaching and development of our student athletes", the university had said in an earlier statement to ESPN.

"I am extremely concerned by the allegations of unacceptable behavior by members of our football staff detailed in recent media reports". He reiterated his support for the full investigation of the program.

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