Maryland's decision to reinstate head coach D.J. Durkin yesterday was met with plenty of blowback. Durkin had been on paid leave since August 11 following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and reports of a "toxic culture" within the program.
McNair's parents responded to the news last night, with Jordan's father Marty saying he feels "like I’ve been punched in the stomach, and somebody spit in my face.” McNair's teammate and close friend Ellis McKennie also blasted the move last night.
This morning, during his weekly appearance on Get Up!, ESPN's Paul Finebaum took a blowtorch to not just the Maryland athletics program but the university as a whole, saying it "doesn't have a soul."
“(A) slap in the face to everything that’s right,” Finebaum said. “It shows to me that this university doesn’t have a soul to do what the parents of Jordan McNair said. They spit in their face. It leaves you wondering even more about the integrity of big-time college athletics. I’m already very suspicious. It’s a very sad and disheartening story.”
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"I think there’s going to be more problems. How does this coaching staff and this university move on in relation to getting players? There are families watching across that state and across that region trying to decide whether if their child should play for this man or that university and I’m sure many will come to the conclusion that I’m not letting my son play for that university."
Finebaum isn't the first to speak out like this about the choice Maryland made. He won't be the last either.
On the surface, there appears to be no good reason to keep Durkin around under these circumstances, yet Maryland is electing to do so.
[ 247 Sports ]