Maryland suspends head coach

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UMD Places Members Of Athletic Staff On External Leave Following External Review

UMD's football program came under scrutiny this year after McNair, a 19-year-old offensive linebacker, was hospitalized following a team workout and later died at the hospital.

Maryland has also placed two athletic training staffers it did not identify on leave as it investigates the death of McNair. And in any business, and in any company, and in any football team, especially right here in August, you can find a disgruntled player that's probably not playing.

In the aftermath of the death of 19-year old offensive lineman Jordan McNair, much has been made of whether or not the coaching staff should be held at fault.

Dr. Rod Walters, a former college athletic trainer, has been hired by Maryland to investigate the circumstances of the death; a report is expected by September 15, The Associated Press reported.

Robinson and Nordwall have been at Maryland since 2006 and 2014, respectively.

Maryland strength and conditioning coordinator Rick Court is at the center of the story about Maryland's coaching culture.

McNair's family has hired attorney Billy Murphy, who told ESPN a lawsuit is "likely" to be filed.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said he supports the university's decision to place Durkin on leave. The 40-year-old former MI defensive coordinator is 11-15 in two seasons after receiving a five-year contract worth $12.5 million in December 2015.

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Durkin sent a letter to parents of the players Friday, saying an upcoming report might "prompt some questions" about the program, according to a source who sent a copy to The Baltimore Sun. Durkin had served as defensive coordinator at the University of MI and was brought to Maryland after previous coach Randy Edsall was sacked by the university.

Jealous, a Democrat and former NAACP head, says Durkin and Evans "are ultimately responsible for ensuring the safety of our student- athletes".

Durkin brought Court to Maryland to lead the strength and conditioning staff in 2016.

Allegation in the report included that players were forced to overeat, belittled, humiliated and subjected to "extreme verbal abuse". Court also worked with Durkin at Bowling Green in 2005 and '06, when Durkin was an assistant.

"He's an outstanding football coach, but he's also an outstanding husband and a father and he treats people with respect", Muschamp said.

Before being named the new athletic director in late June after serving eight months in an acting role while former athletic director Kevin Anderson was on sabbatical (Anderson resigned in mid-April), Evans was the senior staff member who oversaw the football program.

"If the investigation confirms these reports, then strong and permanent corrective actions should be taken immediately".

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