ESPN/SEC Network’s Tim Tebow joined First Take this morning, and he wasn’t without his opinions on the D.J. Durkin fiasco at Maryland.
On Tuesday, Maryland’s Board of Regent decided to keep Durkin, after an investigation into the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, and an ESPN report of a “toxic culture” within his program.
Durkin had missed the entirety of Maryland’s season to that point, but it looked like he would coach this weekend’s home game against Michigan State.
After pressure from all sides, UMD president Wallace Loh, who was reportedly against keeping Durkin, elected to fire him.
The quick flip in the D.J. Durkin decision by Maryland didn’t sit well with Tim Tebow.
He came out with some serious fire on First Take this morning. Via USA Today:
“You need to make a decision and you need to stand with it… Because right now (the decision to fire Durkin) shows people are so afraid to have conviction to believe in something when they make a decision that they’re like, ‘oh my goodness social media’s against us. Well we’re gonna fire him now.’ You just made a decision to keep him. If that’s your decision, if you believe that’s what’s right for the program, then it shouldn’t matter what I say, what social media says.
“So many people want to be liked instead of being respected. And I think more universities need to stand by what they believe is right.”
A clip from Tebow’s rant, via First Take:
— First Take (@FirstTake) November 2, 2018
He went on to say that he isn’t sure if Maryland made the right call in the first place by keeping Durkin, and that is the sticking point here.
Tebow might be correct about schools “standing by their word,” but at the end of the day, someone associated with the football program died, and other players are standing by many of the things detailed in the ESPN expose. If this was a more minor issue, fine, but there is a reason most were so shocked on Tuesday when that first decision was reached.
In this case, with the loss of a life occurring just months ago, conviction was not the primary thing to be concerned about. Getting it right was the most important thing.