Reports: Maryland to retain D.J. Durkin and Damon Evans

Chris Lingebach
October 30, 2018 - 3:16 pm
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D.J. Durkin is expected to return to practice and resume head coaching duties this week at Maryland, Jeff Ermann is reporting for Inside MD Sports.

Additionally, Durkin will be on the sideline as Maryland football takes on Michigan State on Saturday, Ermann reports. Durkin has been on administrative leave since August, as the University System of Maryland Board of Regents oversaw an independent investigation into the football program in the wake of the June death of 19-year-old Jordan McNair.

Details of the investigation were revealed in a 198-page report last week. The report found the football program under Durkin "did not have a toxic culture," but was problematic enough to where players feared speaking out.

According to The Washington Post, the board strongly urged Maryland President Wallace D. Loh to allow the return of Durkin and athletic director Damon Evans. Only Loh has the power to fire Durkin. The Post reports Loh is planning to retire next June.

"One person close to the situation said it was made clear to Loh that if he didn't follow the board’s recommendations," The Post reports, "he’d be fired immediately."

Offensive coordinator Matt Canada has overseen the program as interim head coach while Durkin was on leave. The end result is Durkin and Evans are both back and Maryland football resumes its 5-3 season on Saturday.

The university is holding a press conference Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

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