​Football is the ultimate masculine sport, so much so that players are often afraid to speak out against authority figures even in the face of blatant disregard of humanity. We've seen it often is scandals that have rocked the collegiate level, and another could very well be brewing at Maryland.


In a new report from ESPN, former Maryland staffers and players allege that the football program engaged in a "toxic coaching culture under head coach D.J. Durkin before offensive lineman Jordan McNair's death". 


McNair passed away at the age of 19 during a conditioning workout. The autopsy results revealed the cause of death as heat exhaustion. The allegations against the strength and conditioning program at Maryland and head football coach DJ Durkin are startling. 


According to ESPN, the belittling and embarrassment of players is common, so much so that they fear retribution should they speak up in defense. Players were often mocked or punished verbally if they did not finish an agility or cardiovascular drill. This, of course, brings us to the tragic death of McNair.

Coaches also encouraged unhealthy eating habits, including forcing an athlete to overeat as punishment.


We cannot make a clear connection to McNair's death right now, nor would it be responsible for us to without a proper investigation in place. But this is surely a terrible look for Maryland football in the wake of a tragic summer.


The University released the following statement in response: "The University of Maryland has placed members of our athletics staff on administrative leave pending the outcome of the external review."


The entire report is damning and thorough, and surely this isn't the last we'll hear from the leadership in College Park.