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just watched college football live and they were talking about the press s#!t show at Maryland practice today. They were showing of coolers of ice and Gatorade and saying how great their culture is. 

I hope there is some way for the ncaa to drop the hammer an these jerk offs.

 

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At what point does the NCAA weigh in. When do they punish a school for negligent/bad conduct from the football stafff. 

 

Sell shoes, textbooks, or tattoos and they are all over. Kid dies and the program mistreats it’s players......silence.

 

Football needs to go away for a while. Those kids should  be released and football re-evaluated.  This should have been how Baylor was handled as well. 

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5 hours ago, NoKoolAidForME said:

At what point does the NCAA weigh in. When do they punish a school for negligent/bad conduct from the football stafff. 

 

Sell shoes, textbooks, or tattoos and they are all over. Kid dies and the program mistreats it’s players......silence.

 

Football needs to go away for a while. Those kids should  be released and football re-evaluated.  This should have been how Baylor was handled as well. 

 

Wait, are we talking Ohio State or Maryland?

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Dirkin coached under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford (2007–2009 DE/ST) and was hired away from Michigan (2015 DC/LB). Some players are speaking out:

 

Jabrill Peppers

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2018/08/14/jabrill-peppers-dj-durkin-coaching-tactics/994649002/

 

C.J. Easter and Blaise Johnson

https://saturdaytradition.com/maryland-football/ex-stanford-players-call-d-j-durkin-jim-harbaugh-terrible-human-beings/

 

 

If all the lights are green, I'm 10 minutes from the Big House. I haven't heard a word from Jim Harbaugh about this yet.

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On 9/21/2018 at 5:37 PM, Mavric said:

 

 

 

s#!t like this is just confusing to me. The University is a thing, not a person. It doesn't have it's own agency or consciousness. Who are the people who were culpable?

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Sounds like the reinstatement didn't go over well

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/25128085/maryland-board-recommends-keeping-dj-durkin-damon-evans

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A source said that athletic director Damon Evans informed the team of the decision with Durkin present. Durkin met with the players with no other coaches present before a regularly scheduled practice, and sources told ESPN that several players, including starters, walked out of the meeting with Durkin.

 

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And apparently the president and AD didn't even want to bring him back, but were overruled:

 

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"The board of regents insisted that DJ return, and this has been their highest priority," a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. "Some regents appeared to be obsessed with it. The problem is they don't have the authority to hire and fire DJ, but they made it clear that is their main priority here. Because they can't hire and fire anybody, which they finally realized, they told Wallace Loh that they wanted him to bring DJ back, and the clear message was that if Loh was not willing to bring DJ back right away they would fire [Loh] immediately and then see who the acting president was and get that person to [retain Durkin]."

 

Wonder if anybody is having second thoughts about letting Maryland into the Big Ten right about now. And if there's any Maryland recruits worth going after. (Edit: Maryland's class is currently 2nd from the bottom in the Big Ten, with only 10 commits, all 3*. I don't imagine it will be going up much - and this gives other teams some huge ammunition to use against Maryland in recruiting.)

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I guess Loh could fire Durkin and then retire early (planning to retire in June) but it sounds like the BOR is determined to keep Durkin so they’d just get the next president to hire him back.

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At this point they should have held off till the end of the season. Their season is going relatively well. It will be interesting to see if it tanks. Crazy how the reinstatement was handled

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President Loh came out looking like a boss. He re-instatnes Durkin after being  ordered to do so against his betrer judgement. Retires "resigns" at the end of the year. Then fires Durkin....and the board can't fire him, because he already quit. 

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Has there been any word on exactly WTF the regents were thinking? Only reason I can think of is just financial. They're not firing him 'for cause' - the board's recommendation probably made that impossible, at least not without an ugly lawsuit. They'll owe him $5.53 million. Plus a lawsuit from the kid's family is probably coming soon. This is probably going to end up costing them more than if they'd just done the right thing in the first place. And remember that Maryland got a front-loaded deal when they joined the Big Ten - they got a big payday when they first joined in exchange for a longer period of not receiving a full cut of conference revenue. Their overall 2016-17 revenue was second from the bottom in the conference: http://www.dbknews.com/2018/07/07/maryland-athletic-department-revenue-big-ten-tv-contract-payout-ticket-sales-donations/

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2 hours ago, Toe said:

Has there been any word on exactly WTF the regents were thinking? Only reason I can think of is just financial. They're not firing him 'for cause' - the board's recommendation probably made that impossible, at least not without an ugly lawsuit. They'll owe him $5.53 million. Plus a lawsuit from the kid's family is probably coming soon. This is probably going to end up costing them more than if they'd just done the right thing in the first place. And remember that Maryland got a front-loaded deal when they joined the Big Ten - they got a big payday when they first joined in exchange for a longer period of not receiving a full cut of conference revenue. Their overall 2016-17 revenue was second from the bottom in the conference: http://www.dbknews.com/2018/07/07/maryland-athletic-department-revenue-big-ten-tv-contract-payout-ticket-sales-donations/

No idea. There was no way Durkin would be a successful coach at Maryland after this and he only had 2 years left on his contract anyway. The only thing they could have done to make this worse was extend his contract. 

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Sounds like there's been some power struggles between the president and the board of regents before this, too, like when Loh renamed their stadium: https://247sports.com/college/maryland/Bolt/Loh-Recommends-Renaming-Byrd-Stadium-as-Maryland-Stadium-41829005/

 

A bit on the MD governor's relations with the board of regents: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-hogan-rebukes-regents-20181031-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0WN4Ftt7I2oMvkSnQHlvNZa7EI37nXFAYJq1FdjfSMztIu8jw0k2W9R0U

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I heard this morning in the radio that they wanted to keep him because they basically felt the program let him down as they were lax on thier forming of structure

and providing guidance for a young coach.  They felt those were things that they could correct as an institution and basically didn’t want D to just be the fall guy.  Still so stupid imo, but at least seemingly more just naive as opposed to sinister. 

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@Husker03 Apparently the 'structure and guidance' that they think young coaches need includes telling them not to call a kid a pu&&y when he's lying on the field dying in front of you...

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Yes, apparently there needs to be multilevel training programs in place to help teach coaches that verbally berating a student while he is dying is bad, mmmm kay?

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21 hours ago, Husker03 said:

Pretty easy to prove a black eye, stitches and dislocated shoulder. 

He fell down a flight of stairs

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