Ben Jealous, gubernatorial candidate, calls for Maryland to suspend Durkin, Evans

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Newly hired offfensive coordinator Matt Canada is serving as interim coach at this time.

The report comes a few months after offensive lineman Jordan McNair died following a workout. It's not like ESPN's report was poorly-sourced - it cites "two current Maryland players, multiple people close to the football program, and former players and football staffers".

In Evans's statement, the athletic director says that the school will publicly release the external review it is conducting into McNair's death.

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. The story followed the tragic death of football player Jordan in June, who was allegedly not cared for properly in the events leading up to his death.

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". The report from ESPN shared the scary details surrounding McNair's death, which called into question the Maryland training staff. If that former staffer had any guts, why didn't he put his name on it?

ESPN first published its report Friday that detailed a coaching environment "based on fear and intimidation" and was particularly critical of the behavior of strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, who was one of Durkin's first hires at Maryland.

Muschamp also addressed allegations from anonymous players, questioning their veracity and the players' motives. We are committed to fully investigating the 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.

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

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