Saban: Alabama hasn’t hired ex-Maryland coach DJ Durkin
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Former Maryland coach DJ Durkin is spending time with the Alabama football staff but hasn't been hired.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in a statement Friday that Durkin "is spending a few days with our staff in Tuscaloosa from a professional development standpoint." Saban says Durkin hasn't been "hired in any capacity" but is observing Alabama's football operations as other coaches have done.
Maryland lawmakers meet on university player’s death
WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are expressing support for the president of the University of Maryland, after meeting to discuss the death of a football player.
Rep. Elijah Cummings said after Wednesday's meeting in Washington he believes Wallace Loh has "done an outstanding job," and he is hoping he will stay on as president. Rep. Steny Hoyer says he believes Loh acted properly and will be "part of the solution to make sure this doesn't happen again."
Maryland hires Alabama coordinator Mike Locksley as coach
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland hired Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as its football coach Tuesday night, bringing home a familiar presence after the most tumultuous year in the program's recent history.
Maryland takes final shot at bowl eligibility vs Penn State
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — No matter how Maryland fares in the regular season finale against No. 15 Penn State, it won't change the pride that interim coach Matt Canada feels about how his players have performed under extremely difficult circumstances.
The death of teammate Jordan McNair, two external investigations involving the football program and the dismissal of head coach DJ Durkin combined to make this a season an emotional roller coaster for the Terrapins.
University head warned of backlash if Maryland coach stayed
University of Maryland President Wallace Loh said Thursday that he told the school's governing body that "all hell will break loose" if DJ Durkin was retained as head coach of its football team after a player's death, a warning that went unheeded.
More angst at Maryland: QB Hill out for season with torn ACL
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — During a harsh season in which the Maryland football team has been forced to deal with an array of setbacks — none worse than the death of player Jordan McNair — the Terrapins have repeatedly showed their resiliency.
Maryland fires 2 trainers involved in treatment of McNair
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The fallout at the University of Maryland following the death of Jordan McNair continued with the dismissal of two trainers involved in the player's treatment after he collapsed on the practice field in late May.
Head coach DJ Durkin was fired last week after being reinstated from paid administrative leave for one day.
Maryland turns focus to Michigan State during ongoing saga
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland's frayed football program turns its attention to a game after a tumultuous week in the midst of a surreal season that seems to have little immediate hope of achieving a sense of normalcy.
Chairman of Maryland board resigns after furor over Durkin
BALTIMORE (AP) — The chairman of the University System of Maryland board of regents has resigned following the furor over the decision to reinstate football coach DJ Durkin.
The board's decision to reinstate Durkin on Tuesday drew harsh criticism from students, players and state politicians. As a result, University President Wallace Loh fired Durkin on Wednesday.
On Thursday, board chairman James Brady stepped down from his post.
Maryland fires coach DJ Durkin day after reinstatement
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — DJ Durkin's return as Maryland's football coach lasted one day.
Durkin was fired Wednesday night, just over 24 hours after being reinstated.
Instead of resolving the issues facing the flawed program, the decision by the University System of Maryland board of regents on Tuesday to retain Durkin and athletic director Damon Evans created a different set of problems in the wake of a player's death and discontent engulfing the football team.
Report: Maryland football not ‘toxic,’ but has problems
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — An external investigation of the Maryland football program under coach DJ Durkin has determined that the team "did not have a toxic culture," but was problematic enough to where players feared speaking out.
For Big 10 coaches, mum’s the word on being bowl eligible
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Garnering the six wins necessary to become bowl eligible is a goal of every Big Ten coach.
Once a team gets there, the feat is celebrated. Until that happens, most coaches have no desire to discuss the possibility.
Regents to review report on Maryland’s football program
BALTIMORE (AP) — The University of Maryland's board of regents will hold a special meeting next week to discuss the results of an independent commission's probe into the culture of the football program.
It's the latest independent examination following the June heatstroke death of University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair. Another recent investigation has determined that trainers on the scene did not follow proper procedures after he collapsed on the field during a workout.
UConn linebacker hospitalized after suffering stroke
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn linebacker Eli Thomas has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.
The school issued a statement Monday saying the 220-pound junior had the stroke Wednesday prior to a weightlifting session.
The school says Thomas was immediately transported to a hospital where he was stable and making "good progress toward recovery."
The school declined to provide any other details, including what activities Thomas had participated in before the stroke.
Maryland faces Rutgers at ‘special’ homecoming for Terps
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Matt Canada expects this to be a "special" homecoming for Maryland, for reasons that extend beyond what happens on the field in a matchup with Rutgers.
Playing the dual role of interim coach and offensive coordinator, Canada has kept the Terrapins (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) in contention for a bowl bid during a season dedicated to fallen teammate Jordan McNair.
Maryland’s biggest challenge so far: No. 15 Michigan on road
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Following a victory over Minnesota and a refreshing week off, Maryland is poised to take its initial plunge into the Big Ten East.
The Terrapins (3-1, 1-0) are on the road Saturday against No. 15 Michigan, one of four teams in the East Division ranked in the Top 25.
"Jump in the deep water with the big sharks, right?" interim coach Matt Canada said Tuesday. "That's what you want to do. You want to play the best and you want to be around the best."
Investigation finds Maryland culpable in death of player
TOWSON, Md. (AP) — An independent investigation into the death of University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair has determined that trainers on the scene did not follow proper procedures after he collapsed on the field.
The report provided details of what happened and confirmed what university officials previously acknowledged.
McNair was hospitalized on May 29 after a team workout and died June 13. The family attorney said the cause of death was heatstroke.
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The Latest: Faster response ‘might have changed things’
TOWSON, Md. (AP) — The Latest on investigation of University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair (all times local):
One of the biggest problems in the treatment of former Maryland football player Jordan McNair was that it was nearly two hours between the time he collapsed and his arrival at the hospital.
Dr. Rod Walters, who conducted the investigation into the 19-year-old's death, said Friday, "Hindsight is 20-20. If we identified it earlier, it might have changed things."
Minnesota, Maryland launch Big Ten play with heavy hearts
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland and Minnesota open Big Ten play Saturday sharing an unwanted bond: Both are mourning the loss of a teammate.
The Terrapins (2-1) have dedicated their season to offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who died of heatstroke two weeks after collapsing during a conditioning drill on May 29.
Maryland seeks 3-0 start under Canada in matchup with Temple
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Matt Canada's success as Maryland interim football coach can be attributed in part to his prowess as an offensive coordinator.
While Canada is earning high marks for bringing the players and coaching staff together under trying circumstances, his main contribution to the Terrapins' 2-0 start is designing an attack that's averaging 39.5 points and 486 yards per game.
Texas OL Patrick Hudson out of hospital after heat illness
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas sophomore offensive lineman Patrick Hudson has been released from the hospital and returned to class a week after heat illness at practice sent him to intensive care.
A Texas spokesman said Hudson left the hospital Wednesday. There has been no announced timetable for him to return to football.
Maryland finds way to win during decidedly ‘unique’ season
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland has started what the Terrapins interim coach describes as a "unique" season unbeaten and is garnering votes in the Top 25 poll while playing for fallen teammate Jordan McNair and without head coach DJ Durkin.
After opening with an upset of then-No. 23 Texas and using a big second half to beat Bowling Green 45-14 last week, the Terrapins open their home schedule Saturday against winless Temple.
Maryland players will continue to honor McNair this season
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland football season dedicated to Jordan McNair could be an emotional ride.
McNair died of heatstroke on June 3, two weeks after he collapsed on the field during a conditioning drill.
The Terrapins paid tribute to the sophomore offensive lineman in a variety of ways Saturday in the opener against Texas. Their action on his behalf began during pregame introductions and continued into the locker room after a surprising 34-29 victory.
Maryland, No. 5 Ohio State use game day as welcome escape
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — After enduring a harrowing summer of scrutiny and change, Maryland and No. 5 Ohio State finally got to play a football game.
It was a welcome respite. As a bonus, both Big Ten teams fashioned a victory worth savoring.
Playing under interim coach Matt Canada, Maryland launched a season dedicated to fallen teammate Jordan McNair with a 34-29 victory over No. 23 Texas on Saturday.
Maryland stuns No. 23 Texas 34-29 for interim coach Canada
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — It was one of those rare occurrences when the sequel proved even more impressive than the original.
Maryland emerged from a trying offseason with an emotionally charged 34-29 upset of No. 23 Texas on Saturday, shaking off a lengthy weather delay to provide Matt Canada a satisfying victory in his debut at the Terrapins' interim coach.
No. 23 Texas seeks revenge against Maryland team on mend
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — A year ago, Texas didn't really know what to expect before playing its first game under coach Tom Herman.
"There was an incredible amount of instability when we got here," Herman recalled. "You're talking about three head coaches in four years, four athletic directors in 4 ½ years and two presidents."
In their debut under Herman, the Longhorns were upset by Maryland 51-41. Texas came in ranked No. 23 and never got back in the Top 25.
No. 23 Texas seeks revenge in another opener vs Maryland
No. 23 Texas (7-6 last season) vs. Maryland (4-8) at Landover, Maryland, noon ET (FS1)
Maryland interim coach Canada juggles many tasks in new role
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Matt Canada is plenty busy, and he has been for days.
As interim coach of the Maryland football team, Canada is not just putting in a game plan for Saturday's opener against No. 23 Texas. He is also fulfilling his duties as offensive coordinator and, most importantly, making sure the players stay focused during a season dedicated to fallen teammate Jordan McNair — a season that will start with head coach DJ Durkin on leave and the subject of an investigation.
Maryland to wear helmet sticker to honor Jordan McNair
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Members of the Maryland football team will wear a helmet sticker with No. 79 to honor former teammate Jordan McNair, who collapsed during a practice session in May and subsequently died.
In an announcement Monday morning, the school said no player will wear his number for the next three years — the time during which he would have been eligible to play.
In addition, a moment of silence will be held during Texas and Temple games, and his locker will be encased in glass.
Maryland Board of Regents takes control of McNair probe
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland Board of Regents has assumed authority over the investigation into the death of Jordan McNair, who collapsed during football practice and subsequently died.
The board also voted to assume control of the commission formed to investigate the culture of the Maryland football program.
Jordan McNair’s dad: Maryland should fire suspended coach
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The parents of offensive lineman Jordan McNair say suspended University of Maryland coach DJ Durkin should be fired.
McNair collapsed during a preseason conditioning drill May 29 and died two weeks later. Durkin was placed on administrative leave Saturday after ESPN reported that coaches had been bullying the players.
On Tuesday, the university said it takes "legal and moral responsibility" for the death.
Wednesday’s Sports in Brief
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland interim coach Matt Canada has taken steps to ensure the Terrapins are poised to deal with the heat of summer during his practices following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.
In the first workout since Maryland publicly accepted responsibility for mistakes that contributed to McNair's death, two tents were in place at the practice field to provide shade. Underneath the awnings were several fans, along with liquids and ice.
After McNair death, Maryland focuses on safety at practice
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland interim coach Matt Canada has taken steps to ensure that the Terrapins are poised to deal with the heat of summer during his practices following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.
Maryland takes responsibility for mistakes in player death
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland acknowledged Tuesday that the football player who collapsed during practice and subsequently died did not receive proper medical care and the school must accept "legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes."
Maryland also parted ways with strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, who resigned in the wake of the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.
McNair lawyer calls for Maryland coach DJ Durkin to be fired
BALTIMORE (AP) — The attorney for the family of the University of Maryland offensive lineman who died after a strenuous offseason workout is calling for Terrapins football coach DJ Durkin to be fired, citing the abusive culture of the program and the team's failure to properly react after Jordan McNair fell ill on the practice field.
Maryland says staffers placed on leave after player death
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Members of the University of Maryland athletic staff have been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of a review of the death of football player Jordan McNair in June.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.
Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized May 29 and died Wednesday. He was 19.
The school would not disclose the cause of death.
McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh High School, McNair played one game last season.