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Maryland Has Made A Decision On Head Coach D.J. Durkin

A general view of Maryland's football stadium.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin has been away from the program on paid leave since August following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and reports of a "toxic culture" in College Park. Reportedly, the university has made a decision on his future.

Durkin will return to the team and be back on the sidelines this weekend when the Terrapins play Michigan State, according to a report from An official announcement is expected later this afternoon.

Additionally, athletic director Damon Evans and university president Wallace Loh will return to their posts. Loh will reportedly retire in June.

Loh also reportedly wanted to move on from Durkin, according to the Washington Post.

In September, an independent investigation found Maryland to be culpable for McNair's death. A new report by Maryland's Board of Regents, which was released on Monday, detailed instances of abuse by former strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, who resigned back in August.

However, that report also didn't explicitly place the blame on Durkin for Court's actions, and as explained, that led the powers that be to decide that Durkin was fit to resume his duties.

While most observers expected the university to part ways with Durkin, who is two seasons into a six-year contract, power brokers and members of the state system's Board of Regents ultimately decided there wasn't compelling cause to relieve Durkin of his duties. And as reported Monday by IMS, Durkin impressed the board Friday in what proved to be a vital meeting in the decision-making process.

Undoubtedly, Maryland will face criticism for this move. Still, they have made a decision to stand by Durkin.

On Saturday, Durkin will rejoin the 5-3 Terps, who need one win in their last four games to wrap up a bowl bid. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada has been serving as the interim coach.