Accusations are pouring in from team staffers and players both current and past of cruel coaching tactics and a toxic environment within the University of Maryland football program following the tragic death of 19-year-old athlete Jordan McNair. McNair died in June due to apparent heastroke
#Gamecocks @CoachWMuschamp delivered a fiery response to a question about an @espn story, which portrays the Maryland football program under DJ Durkin in a bad light. Durkin used to work w/ coach. "There’s no credibility in anonymous sources. I think that's gutless." @wis10 pic.twitter.com/ny60Xb8jIO— Joe Gorchow (@joegorchowWIS) August 11, 2018
As we stand, the accusations against Durkin and his staff remain under investigation, and with the tragic loss of a student within the university community, it may have been in Muschamp's best interest to remain without comment until further details emerge.
In broad terms, to dismiss any report that uses anonymous sources as automatically illegitimate is not a good way to go.
Despite Muschamp and Durkin's relationship, the reports of the latter's alleged terrible behavior extends way beyond the field of play and depicts a serious breach of integrity, morale, and violation of a coach's boundaries.
The death of OL Jordan McNair during an offseason workout was seemingly the logical result of a toxic culture at the University of Maryland under head coach DJ Durkin. https://t.co/Qxhtw8Ahsz pic.twitter.com/PIeSY8kRAB— Joel D. Anderson (@byjoelanderson) August 10, 2018
Maryland officials have stated that members of the staff are now on administrative leave due to the damning report, and we all hope to get clarity on the situation as soon as possible. In the meantime, Muschamp should consider pumping the breaks instead of going all-in.