“… accepts legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes that our training staff made…”

I don’t know if you heard the news, but Maryland finally settled with the McNair family over the death of their son.

By “finally”, I mean two and a half years later.  Or almost that long since the school’s president acknowledged fault.

And while I understand the ass covering and due diligence that accompanies such a high-profile settlement takes time, I can’t help but shake my head over the comparative dollar signs involved.  McNair’s family received $3.5 million.  His head coach?

Durkin’s contract with the university runs through the end of 2021. Maryland owed Durkin 65 percent of his remaining contract, with half of the buyout paid within 60 days of his firing. According to the Baltimore Sun’s public salary database, the university paid Durkin $4,793,000 in 2018, which also includes earnings that year before his firing, and $860,000 in 2019. After a brief hiatus from on-field coaching, Durkin is the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Mississippi.

Thank goodness lives weren’t ruined because of this tragedy.  At least lives other than McNair’s.


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8 responses to ““… accepts legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes that our training staff made…”

  1. mg4life0331

    When you compare the money like that, damn Senator it made me cringe a little. Jeez…


  2. ASEF

    Probably the grossest story in college football to come down the pike since…

    Man, this can be a gross sport.

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    • silvercreekdawg

      Since Brian Kelly killed a kid (a non-football player at that) at Notre Dame because he wouldn’t let him come down from a scaffold in a violent thunderstorm?


      • Derek

        Was that before or after it was decided that calling the cops on Sandusky wasn’t worth doing?


        • ASEF

          And instead facilitated a move to a children’s charity while using major media outlets to scream how THIS is PSU Football, a man passing on sure fame and fortune as a head coach somewhere to mentor troubled young men.

          They didn’t just look the other way. They aided and abetted. Still dumbfounds me.


          • Derek

            Should have covered the football program with dirt and called it a day.

            Total excommunication for the football program would have been my judgment.

            Anything short of a permanent ban was too lenient in my view.

            Psu football should not be a ncaa sanctioned program, period.


  3. spur21

    College football like life has some sleazy folks in high places.

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  4. armydawg

    Wonder how much the lawyers got.