Immediately after Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin was put on administrative leave
Reports are surfacing that the Board of Regents has swiftly come to a decision that will massively shake up the program and remove key people in positions of power of Maryland athletics.
Not only is Durkin expected to be out, so to may be the school's President and Athletic Director.
MARYLAND UPDATE: According to Univ. sources, the board of Regents came away from Friday’s meeting believing school president Dr. Wallace Loh, AD Damon Evans, head coach DJ Durkin should all be relieved of their positions. The announcement to come in next two weeks. Con’ t #terps— Chick Hernandez (@MrChickSports) August 19, 2018
The Board had to determine two positions and the level of Durkin's responsibility for both. The first being the tragic death
Jabrill Peppers says D.J. Durkin used ‘bully coaching’ at Michigan https://t.co/PRcLH7xFoq— Saturday Tradition (@Tradition) August 15, 2018
It would appear the Board also believes the AD and President either knew about what was happening with the football program and failed to report it, learned of it and didn't react accordingly, or simply didn't do enough to prevent it from happening in the first place.
University sources told me the board plans to reach out to Hall of Famer, former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams to be the school’s interim AD. Williams has not been contacted as of this report. #terps #nojob #stillbeating— Chick Hernandez (@MrChickSports) August 19, 2018
Perhaps the final straw was the parents of McNair coming forward in an emotional interview with Good Morning America stating that Durkin should never be allowed to work with kids.
Though Durkin has received support, specifically that of South Carolina Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp, the overwhelming situation that the university is mourning the loss of a fallen student, teammate and human being creates a situation that makes it nearly impossible for Durkin to be accepted back to the program with open arms.
For that, the University of Maryland has no choice but to move forward, and that is what they are doing.