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Wed Oct 31, 2018, 08:13 AM

Maryland ought to be ashamed

The following two statements cannot coexist, but they perfectly outline the chaos at the University of Maryland, which ought to be ashamed of itself: The father of Jordan McNair, who died under the oversight of the so-called leaders who were embarrassingly reinstated Tuesday, said on national television in August that DJ Durkin “shouldn’t be able to work with anybody else’s kid.” And James T. Brady, the chairman of the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents, said Tuesday: “We will forever — forever — be guided by the memory of Jordan McNair.”

They’re hiding behind their tributes to the dead offensive lineman now, making hollow promises to create a better path forward by “honoring” his legacy. It’s disgusting. Real guidance wouldn’t parse whether the culture of the Terrapins football program was “toxic” or not. (News flash: To any reasonable person who read the regents-ordered report, it was, whether that report labeled it as such or not.) No, real guidance would have been deeming this entire operation unacceptable months ago, acting with urgency and compassion for those who were wronged, and cleansing itself of the people who created an appalling environment in the first place.

But this is the University of Maryland, and what we have learned about the University of Maryland is that logic doesn’t apply. There, being guided by the memory of a 19-year-old whose death was wholly and completely preventable means that the football coach who oversaw a program built on — among other things — demeaning players should be welcomed back. So here comes the inconceivable: DJ Durkin, back on the sideline, Saturday against Michigan State.


More at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/maryland-ought-to-be-ashamed/2018/10/30/74421b02-dc5b-11e8-b732-3c72cbf131f2_story.html?utm_term=.8d4ea2d7a385

Maryland chooses money over decency.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 08:23 AM

1. I can't believe they kept him as coach

The report spelled a clearly toxic environment and then said it wasn't toxic. Unbelievable.

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 01:50 PM

5. Not surprisingly, I think it is political. Martin O'Malley named 4 people to the board of regents

and Repuke Larry Hogan has appointed 13. Wonder if outrage will give Ben jealous a boost?

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 08:33 AM

2. The report was disgusting

The thing the coach did to the players and had the players do was awful. I cannot believe they did not fire him.


Peace

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 08:51 AM

3. I wonder if he had a clause in his contract requiring payment irregardless

Not wanting to give him a huge chunk of $ to walk away is the only reason I can think of to bring him back, and in any case unacceptable.

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Response to Va Lefty (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 01:48 PM

4. Yes, his money (and the ADs) is guaranteed, no matter how many students they kill in the name of

big time college sports. I hope the stadium is abandoned for years to come.


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Response to underpants (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 31, 2018, 09:38 PM

7. Awesome. Will update tomorrow when more facts come in. N/t

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