The opposite of toxic

Apparently, dead football players are merely collateral damage when you’re trying to build a ‘big time football program.’

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents is expected to recommend that football coach DJ Durkin and Athletic Director Damon Evans remain in their positions, according to three people familiar with the situation, but the job status for both athletic department employees could still be up in the air.

Nice conference you’re running there, Mr. Delany.


UPDATE:  The revised story is even more nauseating.

… According to four people familiar with the situation, the regents are strongly urging Loh to allow Durkin to return and Evans to continue in his role. One person close to the situation said it was made clear to Loh that if he didn’t follow the board’s recommendations, he’d be fired immediately.

In his meeting with the regents last Friday, Loh explained to the board why he felt the school needed to move on from Durkin.

“It was made clear that if he wanted to remain in his position, he had no option,” said one person close to the situation said. “He ultimately felt it would’ve been tremendously disruptive to the entire campus if he was to be terminated simple because he wouldn’t put the coach back on the field. . . .

“The board has no authority to hire and fire a football coach, but they made clear that returning DJ to the field was their highest priority.”

According to the story now, Loh will resign in June.

If you’re Durkin, you just got the full backing of the board of regents after one of your players died on the practice field.  At this point, what can’t you get away with there?


UPDATE #2:  This sounds promising.



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12 responses to “The opposite of toxic

  1. Derek


    People you want around the kids.


  2. stoopnagle

    Loh should fire Durkin and Evans if he thinks either or both are responsible.

    Seems to me that Maryland would prefer to let Durkin go, clean the slate, and get back on track. But, I’m guessing the BOR is smelling the lawsuits if it appears that UM was culpable or doing anything which would indicate anyone was anything close to being responsible for the player’s death.


    • PTC DAWG

      I think you nailed it with your threat of lawsuits comment…good call, IMHO


    • Tronan

      I was wondering why in the world UMD would even consider retaining Durkin. Thank you for pointing out what I should have intuited long ago.


      • Texas Dawg

        Once the threat of a lawsuit has passed, their contracts will not be renewed and the university will “move in a new direction”/.


    • stoopnagle

      I totally don’t get this… Fire Durkin for a “fresh start” and hire Canada full time to keep the ball rolling on the season. How is this so difficult?


  3. Biggus Rickus

    It’s amazing what a .400 winning percentage will get you at Maryland.


  4. ugafidelis

    On a side note I’d say kudos to Loh for dismissing himself from the scene in the wake of these demands.


  5. ChiliDawg

    Stunning display of corruption and now I’m interested to see what, if anything, Governor Hogan will have to say about this.


  6. DoubleDawg1318

    Wow. And I thought Ohio State was bad…wait, OSU was terrible and this is somehow way worse. Just goes to show that large institutions should never be trusted with your well being.


  7. AdaWg

    I’m glad the players are standing up for themselves. Good on them.

    Good on Loh for resigning (eventually)

    The board should be removed and banned from anything do to with the well being of others. That’s just disgusting. That’s the kind of shit that is ruining college sports for me.