It just keeps getting worse for Maryland Terrapins head coach DJ Durkin. Currently on administrative leave while the university investigates reports of a culture of bullying and intimidation that contributed to the death of Jordan McNair, new information has come to light today that will cause still-more problems for the school and its reputation.
On Thursday, the university issued a statement contending that former athletic director Kevin Anderson had previously authorized the use of athletic department money to hire an attorney to represent two former Maryland players facing sexual assault accusations last year. But today, the attorney himself stated that Durkin was the one who arranged his hiring.
The attorney who represented two former University of Maryland football players accused of sexual assault last year says he was hired by coach DJ Durkin, not Kevin Anderson. https://t.co/zITUjuzgef— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) August 24, 2018
How gross can the mismanagement really get over in College Park? The self-inflicted disasters might actually be comical if they didn't involve the tragic, preventable death of McNair, who fell victim to heat stroke during an excessively grueling workout.
As Maryland's Office of General Counsel said today:
“The lawyers continued to represent UMD football players (meeting their ethical obligations), perpetuating an unfair advantage for the accused over their accuser. Even after this inequitable situation was discovered and ordered to be stopped, it continued. This fact was not reported back to the university administration. If it had, other measures to remedy the inequity, such as providing an attorney for the other party, could have been taken.”
Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Maryland’s D.J. Durkin have failed not just as coaches, but also as human beings. It’s time for both of them to lose their jobs. My @usatodaysports column: https://t.co/SlWsTkKAYD— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) August 15, 2018
Yes, Maryland football was doing everything it could to stack the deck against a student accuser.
The program did not properly inform the university of what it was doing.
And Durkin, if attorney Donald Maurice Jackson is to be believed, was the one at the top making all the calls.
Just fire him now, folks. And get rid of the university president while you're at it.