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Diggs named ACC's top rookie

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Diggs named ACC's top rookie

By JP Finlay
CSNbaltimore.com

For the second time this season, Stefon Diggs proved himself the best rookie in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Diggs was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for his performance in a 19-14 Maryland victory over Wake Forest. The speedy rookie receiver hauled in five passes for 105 yards, his second straight game with more than 100 yards receiving.

Trailing Wake in the fourth quarter, Diggs took a simple six yard pass and exploded for a 63-yard gain. Diggs was eventually tackled inside the Wake Forest 10-yard-line, which set up a one-yard touchdown run for running back Justus Pickett. Diggs was also named Rookie of the Week for his play in a Maryland loss to West Virginia in September.

Joining Diggs with conference honors was linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield. If Diggs made the play that let the Terps take the lead, Hartsfield secured the win with a crucial sack of Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price with under a minute to play.

For his efforts, the ACC named Hartsfield as Linebacker of the Week. He finished the game with 10 tackles, seven solo, and a pass breakup in addition to the crucial sack. The Maryland defense limited Wake Forest to 241 yards of total offense for the game.

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Maryland's strength and conditioning coach Rick Court resigns after the death of Jordan McNair

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Maryland's strength and conditioning coach Rick Court resigns after the death of Jordan McNair

On Tuesday during a press conference, the University of Maryland announced the removal of head strength and conditioning coach Rick Court.

This announcement comes in the wake of disturbing details leading up to, and including, the death of football player Jordan McNair.

It was also revealed that head football coach D.J. Durkin remains on administrative leave according to athletic director Damon Evans.  

Prior to this announcement, Court resigned and reached a settlement with the university.

During the press conference, university president Wallace Loh also stated that the university would take responsibility for McNair's death.

"The university accepts legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes that our training staff made on that fateful workout day of May 29, which of course led subsequently to his death," Loh said.

"Some of the actions of our athletic training staff, not the coaching staff, the athletic training staff, they basically misdiagnosed the situation. No vital signs were taken, other safeguard actions that should have been taken were not.”

McNair's died as the result of a heat stroke that occurred during the aforementioned workout. Collapsing on the field due to exhaustion, the 19-year-old suffered a seizure and the authorities were not contacted for nearly an hour. McNair would pass two weeks later.

Not much information on the internal investigation was released by the school up until the latest report from ESPN this past Friday. In this report, ESPN detailed a “toxic culture” that ultimately led to the death of the young football player. Court was at the center of these remarks and was given a lot of the blame for what happened.

After the allegations on Friday, Maryland put Durkin on leave due to "allegations of inappropriate behavior" along with other staffers that included Court. 

Matt Canada is currently the interim head coach of the Terps in his first season with the team. Canada was named Durkin's offensive coordinator this season after being fired from the same position at LSU. 

Maryland kicks off their football season in less than three weeks, hosting Texas on September 1. 

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Governor Hogan issues statement on D.J. Durkin, Maryland football

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Governor Hogan issues statement on D.J. Durkin, Maryland football

D.J. Durkin, head football coach at the University of Maryland, was placed on paid administrative leave Saturday as the school investigates claims of abuse and actions which may have led to the June death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair. 

The Randallstown, Md. native collapsed during an outdoor team workout on May 29 and died two weeks later. ESPN is reporting his death to be the result of an official heatstroke. 

On Sunday, Governor Larry Hogan shared his thoughts on the matter: 

Wallace D. Loh, president of the University of Maryland, issued his own statement Saturday sharing "I am profoundly disturbed by the media reports yesterday about verbally abusive and intimidating conduct by Maryland football coaches and staff towards our student-athletes on the team." 

Loh also announced Matt Canada will serve as interim head football coach.

Durkin is preparing to enter his third season at Maryland. The team begins the 2018 season September 1 at home hosting Texas. 

 

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