Throw Damon under the bus.

This seems telling.

The exhaustive 198-page external report that will help the University System of Maryland Board of Regents decide the fate of football Coach DJ Durkin paints a troubling picture of the embattled program but stops short of saying the environment in College Park was “toxic.”

“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 Thursday by The Washington Post.

Read the whole article and it’s hard to avoid concluding two things:  the writers are invested in saving Durkin’s job and the means by which that end will be achieved is by hanging Damon Evans out to dry.

The report also highlighted problems in the athletic department, saying “dysfunction was largely due to a chasm between Mr. Anderson and Deputy AD Evans,” referring to Kevin Anderson, the former athletic director, and his deputy who took over the department’s top post on an interim basis last year and was promoted to the position full-time on June 25.

“[This] schism caused the Athletics Department to operate at a suboptimal level for an extended period,” the report stated.

I’m sure that will work out well.


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16 responses to “Throw Damon under the bus.

  1. DoubleDawg1318

    Similar playbook to OSU: Downplay the head coach’s role and hang others out to dry. (Not saying those others don’t deserve it) It is a despicable tactic from organizations that should know better. I don’t see how you can say a toxic culture didn’t exist when people were afraid of speaking up. When abuse is happening and people are afraid to speak up, that’s the definition of a toxic culture.


  2. ChiliDawg

    That’s some horseshit. Especially since it appeared from the outset that Damon was the only one not complicit in the toxic culture.

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  3. ATL Dawg

    Unbelievable. The kid died on May 29. And they’re going to attempt to blame that on a deputy AD?


    • ATL Dawg

      Sorry, May 29 was when he collapsed during a workout. He died 2 weeks later.

      My point stands though. Evans was a deputy AD.

      These schools have absolutely no shame. Disgusting.


      • stoopnagle

        I could be wrong, but I think Damon may have been acting AD at the time. Not that it matters. My read is that their hanging most of the culture problem on the S&C guy who has already been sent packing.

        I’m not sure what the BOR is thinking. At this point, it seems like the only solution is to clean house and start over.


        • Russ

          They need to start at the BOR with the house cleaning.

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        • ATL Dawg

          Ouch, you’re absolutely right. Evans had been interim AD since October 2016. I need to do better research.

          Still, you can’t blame this on the AD and leave the head coach in place. That makes no sense.

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          • MDDawg

            Especially when the S & C Coach has been sent packing, and his contract clearly stated that he was supposed to report to Durkin. And according to the report, Durkin didn’t interpret the contract that way and had never done a performance review for the S & C Coach. Plus Durkin is on record in multiple interviews talking about how that was his most important hire and how the two were essentially joined at the hip.

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          • Gaskilldawg

            Atl, your original point still stands. No acting AD is in the position to radically change a head coaches methods.


  4. Raleighwood Dawg

    Last night on Twitter I saw where Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) of the Athletic was posting some of the report findings and presenting them in a “this is not normal” way …


  5. The Dawg abides

    Whether they want to admit a toxic culture or not, I guarantee that Durkin and staff will be toxic on the recruiting trail. I can’t understand how they think the man will be an effective coach going forward, but the powers that be ( see Under Armour dude) are going to the mat for this guy. Just bite the bullet, cut your losses, and move forward.


    • ASEF

      That’s my question. P5 schools will always fill out their rosters – demand for those schollies way exceeds supply – but the elite kids Maryland could get will be heading elsewhere.

      You can’t move forward with a coach with that on his resume. Is Maryland really that happy with a team that hovers around .500 with a coach who runs a S&C program that literally killed a kid?

      And who in their right mind believes a head football coach at a P5 school pays no attention to what’s going on in his S&C program?


  6. Biggus Rickus

    They’re trying to cover for a 10-15 coach who is still on administrative leave? At least trying to cover for Meyer made a kind of cynical sense. This is just idiotic.


  7. MDDawg

    To the people who keep saying it isn’t a toxic culture:


  8. Doug

    If Maryland doesn’t qualify as a toxic culture, then the phrase “toxic culture” is officially meaningless.


  9. South FL Dawg

    The wrong question is being asked about is the culture toxic. The kid is dead either way. H died doing what he was told to do in a practice, and when he went into distress they didn’t provide him medical attention. And the worst part of it is that the response from our illustrious former AD was to keep everyone on the staff in place. Remember neither Durkin nor the S&C guy were placed on leave until some media outlet got ahold of some players and published a story about the culture. It’s so morally bankrupt I’m aghast even after knowing about the red panties.