By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Maryland Terrapins have fired head coach D.J. Durkin. He informed the team on Wednesday night that he was fired.
There has been criticism from all across the state after the Board decided to keep Durkin on Tuesday. After an investigation, he was reinstated, along with athletic director Damon Evans.
There were also protests scheduled On Thursday and Saturday before its home game. Those likely will not take place now with his firing.
There was reportedly a fight between a kicker and a punter today in practice. One played supposedly supported Durkin, while the other did not.
When he was reinstated on Tuesday — and told the team he was coming back as the leader — players reportedly walked out, including starters.
Durkin had a losing record as a head coach with the Terrapins. He was 10-16 in two seasons with the team.
He was suspended in August as the school investigated the death of Jordan McNair. During the investigation, news broke that it was a toxic culture with Durkin as the leader.
Matt Canada was the interim head coach with Durkin being suspended. At this time, it is not clear if he will be named the permanent head coach for this season and beyond.
Canada joined the team this year as the team’s offensive coordinator. After being named interim head coach, he has guided the team to a 5-3 record.
The team is just one win away from being bowl eligible. Their sixth win of the season could come on Saturday at noon against the Michigan State Spartans in College Park, Maryland.
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