Maryland football coach D.J. Durkin is currently on administrative leave as the university investigates the details surrounding the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair. Terrapins strength coach Rick Court has already been fired and there are some who believe Durkin should be next.
McNair’s parents appeared on Good Morning America and spoke with Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan where they revealed that they think Durkin should be fired for failing to protect their son.
“He shouldn’t be able to work with anyone else’s kid. You send your kid away to college for them to be developed into young people — and that’s physically, emotionally and spiritually, and teach our young kids, our young people that we worked so hard to get there, to, ‘Hey, I’m giving my child to you. Keep him safe.’ They did anything but that,” Martin McNair said.
“So of course he should be fired.”
A damning ESPN report detailed the missteps made by the Maryland coaching staff prior to his death which came after he collapsed following a summer workout. The details were troubling and have led to increased calls for Durkin to lose his job so it will be interesting to see what happens when the 2018 college football season kicks off.
The Terrapins begin their campaign on Saturday, Sept. 1 against the Texas Longhorns.