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D.J. Durkin to remain as Maryland football coach; university makes no major immediate changes

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D.J. Durkin to remain as Maryland football coach; university makes no major immediate changes

The University of Maryland's Board of Regents is not making any major administrative changes to its athletic program in the wake of Jordan McNair's death, the university announced on Tuesday.

University president Wallace Loh, athletic director Damon Evans and head football coach D.J. Durkin will remain at the university. Loh is set to retire in June. 

Furthermore, Durkin is reportedly expected to return to the sidelines for the Terrapins when they host Michigan State on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Noon.

The decision comes as a result of the university's findings and a public report into the culture of the Terrapins football program following the June 13 death of the sophomore offensive tackle.

McNair's died as the result of a heat stroke that occurred during a May 29 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. He appeared in just one game during his freshman season with the Terps following a standout high school career at The McDonough School. McNair chose Maryland over the likes of Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

On Aug. 11, the university accepted the forced resignation from Terrapins strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, and formally placed Durkin on administrative leave. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada was named interim head coach and has since guided the Terps to a 5-3 record through the first nine weeks of the 2018 season.

"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 said at the time of the university's decision to place Durkin on administrative leave.

Loh, according to a Washington Post report, was against the idea of retaining Durkin as the Terrapins' head coach. 

"It was made clear that if he [Loh] want to remain in his position, he had no option," a source told The Post. "He ultimately felt it would've been tremendously disruptive to the entire campus if he was to be terminated simply because he wouldn't put the coach back on the field ..."

Durkin was hired by the university on Dec. 2, 2015 following his lone season as defensive coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines.

The Terrapins are 10-15 in games with Durkin as head coach.

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 


This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties. 

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Hurricane Florence is forcing teams throughout the DMV to act accordingly

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Hurricane Florence is forcing teams throughout the DMV to act accordingly

As the east coast braces for Hurricane Florence, collegiate and professional teams throughout the DMV region are taking necessary action. 

Here is where things stand:  

University of Maryland: 

  • Men's Golf, Sept. 11, The Invitational at the Ocean Course, Charleston, SC, All Day (Cancelled)
  • Women's Golf, Sept. 11, Cougar Classic, Charleston, SC, All Day (Canceled)
  • Women's Tennis, Sept. 14-16, Hall of Fame Classic, Williamsburg, Va., All Day (Cancelled)
  • Football, Sept. 15, vs. Temple, College Park, Md., 12:00 p.m. (TBD) 
  • Men's Soccer, Sept. 14, at Northwestern, Evanston, Ill., 8:00 p.m. (TBD) 

Stay up to date with storm developments here

University of Virginia: 

 

James Madison University: 

Updates, along with ticketing and parking information, can be found here

Virginia Tech: 

  • Football, Sept. 15 vs. East Carolina (Cancelled)

 

University of Richmond: 

 

Old Dominion:

 

West Virginia:

 

Norfolk State: 

 

Washington Nationals: 

  • 9/14-16 at Atlanta Braves inside SunTrust Park

The Nationals will post updates on their Twitter page

Washington Redskins: 

  • 9/16 vs. Indianapolis Colts at FedExField, 1:00 p.m. ET 

Stay close to Redskins Twitter here

Baltimore Ravens: 

  • 9/13 Thursday Night Football at Cincinnati Bengals, 8:20 p.m. ET 

Check out Ravens Twitter as needed here

Baltimore Orioles: 

  • 9/14-16 series vs. White Sox (TBD) 

Follow the Orioles on Twitter for updates. 

 

This story will be modified as updates continue to come in related to Hurricane Florence.