After two months of investigations conducted by the University of Maryland on its football team, the conclusion determined that the program is "not toxic."
The details of the investigation were shown in a 200-page report. The university board received the report before discussing the actions to be taken, which many think will include the firing of head coach D.J. Durkin and athletic director Damon Evans.
I’m not pointing any of this out to say all that happened at Maryland was completely acceptable, I’m pointing this out to say the facts seem to indicate some selective reporting. https://t.co/xFHf9qr2ks— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) October 25, 2018
The investigation was sparked by the death of Jordan McNair, who was an offensive lineman for the team. McNair died of heatstroke during a workout while showing signs of extreme exhaustion, causing many to worry about the culture and welfare of the team and program.
According to the extensive report, the Terrapins don't have a toxic culture, but instead instilled one of a fear.
"The commission found that the Maryland football team did not have a ‘toxic culture,’ but it did have a culture where problems festered because too many players feared speaking out," according to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post. https://t.co/xn4unxgy7D— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 25, 2018
However, the details of the report beg to differ with a nontoxic culture. The report states that coaches would use homophobic slurs and conduct various acts in order to humiliate players.
Why this isn't considered toxic is perplexing. Perhaps the university just wants to avoid that label.
Hopefully this investigation will cause the football program to take a deep look at itself and change for the better.