Ever since reports surfaced about a toxic culture within the Maryland football program, head coach D.J. Durkin has been taking a lot of heat as the supposed ringleader for the bad acts. Not only are Terps fans and outraged observers across the sporting landscape now going after him, but one of his former players is getting in on the action as well.
Before Durkin was the head coach at Maryland, he was a defensive coordinator at Michigan in 2015 under Jim Harbaugh. That season, he got to coach the Swiss Army knife of a player that is Jabrill Peppers.
Jabrill Peppers, who played for DJ Durkin when he was a coordinator at Michigan, had some things to say about his former coach. https://t.co/hIT1Wp0I63— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) August 15, 2018
Since then, Peppers was drafted by the Cleveland Browns and is now headed into his second pro season. However, he had a lot to say about Durkin in the wake of all the damning revelations.
Peppers believed that Durkin's methods "felt extreme at times," comparing him to a bully.
"I'm just as shocked reading all the stuff that's going on now" Peppers said. "I thought once he became a head coach that he would calm down for a little bit, become more of a people person, a player's coach."
Jabrill Peppers saying DJ Durkin was like a “bully of a coach” ... Yikes— tOSU State of Mind (@bucks3317) August 15, 2018
Even if Durkin does change his ways as a coach, it may be too late for him. He's currently on paid administrative leave courtesy of the school, and could be fired if investigators determine the toxic culture he created contributed to Jordan McNair's tragic death.