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 after running 100-plus-yard sprints during camp. Head coach D.J. Durkin and conditioning coach Rick Court are now under fire for allegedly intimidating, belittling, and implementing unhealthy techniques for athletes throughout the years. Current South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp, whom Durkin once worked under at Florida, recently responded with his thoughts about the report.

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. 

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.