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    The Inside Story Of A Toxic Culture At Maryland Football (ESPN)


    Several current University of Maryland football players and people close to the Terrapins program describe a toxic coaching culture under head coach D.J. Durkin before offensive lineman Jordan McNair's death in June after a football workout.

    McNair, who was 19, died two weeks after being hospitalized following a May 29 team workout. He collapsed after running 110-yard sprints, showing signs of extreme exhaustion and difficulty standing upright. No official cause of death has been released, but ESPN reported Friday that he died of heatstroke suffered during the workout and had a body temperature of 106 degrees after being taken to a hospital.
    Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair showed signs of extreme exhaustion, had difficulty standing upright while running sprints and had a temperature of 106 degrees before he died of heatstroke, multiple sources told ESPN.
    Over the past several weeks, two current Maryland players, multiple people close to the football program, and former players and football staffers spoke to ESPN about the culture under Durkin, particularly strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, who was one of Durkin's first hires at Maryland back in 2015. Among what they shared about the program:
    • There is a coaching environment based on fear and intimidation. In one example, a player holding a meal while in a meeting had the meal slapped out of his hands in front of the team. At other times, small weights and other objects were thrown in the direction of players when Court was angry.
    • The belittling, humiliation and embarrassment of players is common. In one example, a player whom coaches wanted to lose weight was forced to eat candy bars as he was made to watch teammates working out.
    • Extreme verbal abuse of players occurs often. Players are routinely the targets of obscenity-laced epithets meant to mock their masculinity when they are unable to complete a workout or weight lift, for example. One player was belittled verbally after passing out during a drill.
    • Coaches have endorsed unhealthy eating habits and used food punitively; for example, a player said he was forced to overeat or eat to the point of vomiting.
    Some additional excerpts:

    Several current players and people close to the program described a sustained pattern of verbal abuse and intimidation of players. A former staff member said "verbal personal attacks on kids" occurred so often that everyone became numb to them.

    "We always talked about family, but whose family talks to you like that, calls you a p---y b---h?" the third former staffer said. "There are so many instances."


    and

    Another former player alleged the staff made an injured player do a tug-of-war competition against the whole defensive back unit. "They made him do it with one hand," he said. "Coach Court called him a p---- after he didn't win. One [player] was doing a tug-of-war ... and he passed out. ... I saw his body slowly giving away, and the strength coach was like, 'Keep pulling, keep pulling!' ... He collapsed on the ground. He looked at him like, 'You quit on the team.' It was really barbaric."

    and

    J.T. Ventura, a former safety who played from 2013 to 2017 under former Maryland coach Randy Edsall and Durkin, said the workouts were particularly intense the first season under Durkin. Durkin came to Maryland from Michigan, where he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He worked under Jim Harbaugh at Michigan and Stanford and for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer at Bowling Green and Florida.

    Maryland was the first to hire Durkin as a head coach, and he immediately wanted to put his stamp on the program. Durkin's staff has gone through significant change, as only four original assistants from 2016 remain, while seven have since departed College Park. More than 20 players have left the team in the past two and a half years.

    "They were trying to weed out players," Ventura said. "They actually called some players 'thieves' for being on scholarship and not being very good. During some of the workouts, there were kids who were really struggling, and Coach Court, he'd keep on yelling. He would use profanity a lot, try to push kids when they reached their limit during workouts.


  • #2
    Dude needs to be fired and kept out of coaching and away from kids permanently.

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    • #3
      The football coach, S&C coach, Athletic trainer and assistant AD for Athletic training have all been put on administrative leave. AD may be next. Que the pussification of America crowd.

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      • #4
        We haven't killed anybody practicing and i think that's admirable.

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        • #5
          If you ain’t dyin’, then you ain’t tryin’.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by qwertyu123 View Post
            We haven't killed anybody practicing and i think that's admirable.
            Came close, though.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by qwertyu123 View Post
              We haven't killed anybody practicing and i think that's admirable.
              On the contrary I believe they’ve killed 10’s of thousands of fans....

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              • #8
                Woooooooooooooooow

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                • #9
                  They reinstated him just to fire him. Yeah, as bad as we have been I am glad we are not Maryland

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                  • #10
                    Didn't Maryland's chancellor/president also get forced out, or "voluntarily" resign? iirc, he is around same age as BGL, so a retirement option is not a surprise.

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                    • #11
                      We should look into hiring Canada. I can't imagine he'd want to stick around that dump.

                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Canada

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