DJ Durkin continued to help football staff while suspended: Report

November 15, 2018

DJ Durkin stayed in communication with assistant coaches at the University of Maryland football program and helped make game plans for the Terrapins while he was on paid administrative leave, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Durkinwho was fired Oct. 31 a day after an initial decision to reinstate him from his suspension reportedly told the independent commission formed to investigate Maryland football’s culture that assistants sent him game film so he could assist them in preparing for opponents.

A university spokesman told the Sun that Durkin “was not to perform coaching duties while on administrative leave,” but Durkin allegedly told the commission that athletic director Damon Evans approved the coach’s continued involvement.

Durkin was placed on leave Aug. 11 shortly after ESPN published an article detailing allegations of a “toxic” culture within the football program at Maryland. He remained suspended until Oct. 30, when the University System of Maryland Board of Regents said the school would retain him after lengthy discussions of the commission’s report.

That decision was reversed about 26 hours later on the evening of Oct. 31, when university president Wallace D. Loh overruled the regents’ recommendation to retain Durkin and instead fired him.

Matt Canada continues to serve as interim coach of the Terrapins, who have two regular season games left this year.

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