By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to a new report in the Washington Post, the Maryland Terrapins officials were warned about a toxic football culture as far back as December 2016. That’s approximately a year-and-a-half prior to Jordan McNair’s death.
McNair’s untimely death led to an investigation into the football program. In addition, the reports caused the school to place head coach D.J. Durkin on an indefinite suspension.
As more details continue to come out about the program, Durkin is unlikely to keep his job at the school.
The Washington Post posted that the findings of the investigation could be brought to the Board of Regents as soon as October 19th. That’s their next scheduled meeting.
The football investigation, according to the paper, could potentially be finalized as soon as Monday.
The investigation, according to the new development by the paper, will feature interviews with former players and their families. One anonymous mother of a former player, the paper suggests, provided a letter to Maryland officials in December 2016, pointing to a “calamitous culture and abusive behavior in the football program.”
The mother sent the letter to former athletic director Ken Anderson and President Wallace D. Loh. Medical administrators and the compliance officers were also sent a copy of the letter.
While the letter was sent by the mother to those officials, it is unclear if any of them actually read the letter in question.
Here is part of the letter, according to the Washington Post:
“It was perhaps prescient saying, “The fact that he allows his coaches to psychologically, physically, and emotionally abuse the athletes is paving a way for a multi-million dollar civil lawsuit against the school and the coaches, alleging assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.”
“Are any of you aware or do you even care about the number of student-athletes suffering from severe emotional distress because of the abusive actions of Coach Durkin? It asked. “His actions are extreme and outrageous; intentional and reckless, and the sole cause of the emotional distress.”
The 40-year-old was hired by the school in December 2015 to be their new head football coach. This was his first full-time Head Coaching experience after spending one game as an interim Head Coach with the Florida Gators in 2014.
Since being named the Terrapins Head Coach, he has a 10-15 record in two seasons.
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