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.