The University of Maryland’s football program has come under intense scrutiny in recent months. In August, two ESPN articles shed light on a potentially toxic culture within the program and the role it may have played in the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair. This spurred the university to place multiple coaches and trainers on leave and launch an external investigation, which the Board of Regents later took control of.

The investigation’s report was leaked to the public Oct. 25, prior to its public release Oct. 29. The 198-page document found that head coach DJ Durkin, university President Wallace Loh and athletic director Damon Evans, among others, bore responsibility for the fostering and maintaining of an abusive culture on the team.

The day after the report’s release, the Board of Regents recommended that the university reinstate Durkin as coach and retain Evans as athletic director. Loh, who reportedly pushed for Durkin’s ouster, also announced that he would retire at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year. But one day after Durkin returned as coach, the university announced it was firing him.

Below is The Diamondback’s complete coverage of the investigation and its fallout.

Last updated: Nov. 16, 2018


The system’s chancellor and board chair were close-lipped about their personnel moves.

By Hannah Himes | Published Nov. 16, 2018

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(Brooks DuBose/For The Diamondback)

“The problems were not necessarily race-oriented,” he said.

By Andy Kostka | Published Nov. 14, 2018

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(Evan Kramer/The Diamondback)

Student groups are calling for the change after athletic department turbulence.

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Nov. 14, 2018

(Elliot Scarangello/The Diamondback)
(Elliot Scarangello/The Diamondback)

They were filled with personnel changes, rallies and turmoil.

By Leah Brennan | Published Nov. 12, 2018

(Evan Kramer/The Diamondback)
(Evan Kramer/The Diamondback)

After investigations into UMD’s football culture and a player’s death, these students address supporting their school when it’s part of their job.

By Mary Dimitrov | Published Nov. 9, 2018

(Gabby Baniqued/The Diamondback)
(Gabby Baniqued/The Diamondback)

A report on the team revealed a coach frequently hurled homophobic and sexist insults at players.

By Angela Roberts | Published Nov. 9, 2018

(Elliot Scarangello/The Diamondback)
(Elliot Scarangello/The Diamondback)

It’s been Matt Canada’s program — at least in name — for months.

By Andy Kostka | Published Nov. 9, 2018

(Andi Wenck/The Diamondback)
(Andi Wenck/The Diamondback)

Linda Gooden was elected the board’s chair on Wednesday.

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Nov. 7, 2018

(Tom Hausman/The Diamondback)
(Tom Hausman/The Diamondback)

Steve Nordwall and Wes Robinson are no longer employed by the university.

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Nov. 7, 2018

(Jaclyn Borowski/The Diamondback)
(Jaclyn Borowski/The Diamondback)

Because the university fired Durkin without cause, it owes him more than $5 million.

By Angela Roberts | Published Nov. 6, 2018

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(Angela Roberts/For The Diamondback)

The protest fired back at the SGA, which held a rally to support student-athletes and pushed game attendance.

By Arya Hodjat | Published Nov. 6, 2018

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(Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

The senate took issue with the board’s “overreach and violation of basic principles of higher education.”

By Grace Mottley | Published Nov. 4, 2018


The rally exposed a rift between student groups.

By Jillian Atelsek | Published Nov. 2, 2018

(Photo courtesy of Jon Orbach)
(Photo courtesy of Jon Orbach)

There are conflicting reports on whether the fight was about DJ Durkin.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Nov. 2, 2018

(File photo/The Diamondback)
(File photo/The Diamondback)

Brady and the board had come under fire for supporting head football coach DJ Durkin.

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Nov. 1, 2018

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(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)

The university’s accreditation was last reaffirmed in 2017.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Nov. 1, 2018

(Josh Loock/The Diamondback)
(Josh Loock/The Diamondback)

Steve Nordwall and Wes Robinson have been on administrative leave since August.

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Nov. 1, 2018

(Charlie DeBoyace/The Diamondback)
(Charlie DeBoyace/The Diamondback)

Billy Murphy said Chairman James Brady is “a remaining impediment for justice."

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Nov. 1, 2018

(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)
(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)

The letter expressed “dismay and deep concern” after Loh’s “forced retirement.”

By Jillian Atelsek | Published Nov. 1, 2018

(Stephanie Natoli/The Diamondback)
(Stephanie Natoli/The Diamondback)

There have been conflicting accounts about the altercation between punters Wade Lees and Matt Barber.

By Andy Kostka | Published Nov. 1, 2018

(Elliot Scarangello/The Diamondback)
(Elliot Scarangello/The Diamondback)

“The right decision was made for justice for Jordan and for everything to be easier for us as players.”

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Nov. 1, 2018

(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)
(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)

Durkin’s reinstatement lasted barely a day.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Nov. 1, 2018

(File photo/The Diamondback)
(File photo/The Diamondback)

The SGA rescinded its resolution calling for DJ Durkin’s firing after he was fired.

By Victoria Ebner | Published Nov. 1, 2018

(Elliot Scarangello/The Diamondback)
(Elliot Scarangello/The Diamondback)

Durkin was reinstated as coach Tuesday.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Oct. 31, 2018

(Elliot Scarangello/The Diamondback)
(Elliot Scarangello/The Diamondback)

The decision to reinstate Durkin was met with widespread criticism.

By Christine Condon | Published Oct. 31, 2018

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(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)

After Durkin was reinstated, the SGA held an executive meeting to discuss next steps.

By Victoria Ebner | Published Oct. 31, 2018

(Elliot Scarangello/The Diamondback)
(Elliot Scarangello/The Diamondback)

“A paycheck was chosen over [Jordan McNair’s] life.”

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 31, 2018

(Image via Twitter)
(Image via Twitter)

Durkin had been on administrative leave since August.

By Arya Hodjat and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 31, 2018

(Matt Regan/The Diamondback)
(Matt Regan/The Diamondback)

DJ Durkin was reinstated as the Terps' coach Tuesday.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Oct. 31, 2018

(File photo/The Diamondback)
(File photo/The Diamondback)

Gov. Larry Hogan expressed some doubts about the decision to reinstate DJ Durkin.

By Hannah Himes | Published Oct. 31, 2018

(Courtesy of Larry Canner)
(Courtesy of Larry Canner)

Loh announced he will step down next year.

By Leah Brennan | Published Oct. 31, 2018

(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)
(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)

Matt Canada went 5-3 in Durkin’s absence.

By Arya Hodjat and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 30, 2018

(Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)
(Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)

Marty McNair and Tonya Wilson spoke at a press conference after the Board of Regents recommended Durkin and Evans continue in their positions.

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 30, 2018

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(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)

The Board of Regents announced the decision Tuesday.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 30, 2018

(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)
(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)

A leaked version last week did not include the report’s appendices.

By Andy Kostka | Published Oct. 30, 2018

(File photo/The Diamondback)
(File photo/The Diamondback)

As Evans left the meeting, he told reporters, “We just have to wait to see what happens.”

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 28, 2018

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(From left: Marquise McKine/The Diamondback, Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback, Teresa Johnson/For The Diamondback)

Because of confusion within the athletic department, much of the football training staff was acting unsupervised.

By Arya Hodjat and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 26, 2018

(Jaclyn Borowski/The Diamondback)
(Jaclyn Borowski/The Diamondback)

University leadership contributed to the athletic department’s “ongoing dysfunction.”

By Leah Brennan | Published Oct. 26, 2018

(Richard Moglen/The Diamondback)
(Richard Moglen/The Diamondback)

The investigation was supposed to focus on the football program, but commission members said that “significant dysfunction” in the athletic department was a major factor.

By Christine Condon | Published Oct. 26, 2018

(Charlie DeBoyace/The Diamondback)
(Charlie DeBoyace/The Diamondback)

That lack of supervision led to some of the abusive tactics in place.

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 26, 2018

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(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)

Court made a habit of pushing players past their physical limits and embarrassing and degrading them.

By Jillian Atelsek | Published Oct. 26, 2018

(Photo via UMTerps)
(Photo via UMTerps)

Durkin maintains that strength and conditioning coach Rick Court was not abusive, despite reams of evidence and testimony to the contrary.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 26, 2018

(Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)
(Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)

The investigation into the program stopped short of calling the culture “toxic.”

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 25, 2018

(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)
(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)

A previous announcement said public release of findings and decisions were expected by Oct. 30.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 25, 2018

(Tom Hausman/The Diamondback)
(Tom Hausman/The Diamondback)

There will not be “media availabilities or statements” at the meeting.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 17, 2018

(File photo/The Diamondback)
(File photo/The Diamondback)

Loh denied receiving a hand-delivered letter.

By Leah Brennan | Published Oct. 4, 2018

(Mateo Pacheco/The Diamondback)
(Mateo Pacheco/The Diamondback)

Loh spoke at a University Senate meeting Tuesday.

By Grace Mottley | Published Oct. 2, 2018

(Mateo Pacheco/The Diamondback)
(Mateo Pacheco/The Diamondback)

The embattled Terps coach remains on leave after reports of abuse in the program.

By Andy Kostka | Published Oct. 1, 2018

(Christian Jenkins/The Diamondback)
(Christian Jenkins/The Diamondback)

But some players maintain that the environment was appropriate.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Sept. 30, 2018

(Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)
(Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)

“We want the Board to know what a gem they have in DJ Durkin.”

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Aug. 30, 2018

(Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)
(Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)

Thomas V. Mike Miller criticized university leadership’s handling of football scandals.

By Hannah Himes | Published Aug. 30, 2018

Left: Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (Image via NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr). Right: University President Wallace Loh (Christian Jenkins/The Diamondback).
Left: Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (Image via NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr). Right: University President Wallace Loh (Christian Jenkins/The Diamondback).

Students returned to campus to find the athletic department in turmoil.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Aug. 26, 2018

(File photo/The Diamondback)
(File photo/The Diamondback)

The Board of Regents has added five new members to the commission.

By Christine Condon and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Aug. 24, 2018

(Images via Wikimedia Commons)
(Images via Wikimedia Commons)

The board will also assume control of the investigation into Jordan McNair’s death.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan, Andy Kostka and Arya Hodjat | Published Aug. 17, 2018

(Tom Hausman/The Diamondback)
(Tom Hausman/The Diamondback)

“He shouldn’t be able to work with anybody else’s kid.”

By Jordan Katz | Published Aug. 17, 2018

(Screenshot via ESPN)
(Screenshot via ESPN)

The board sets policy for the University System of Maryland’s 12 institutions.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Aug. 16, 2018

(Tom Hausman/The Diamondback)
(Tom Hausman/The Diamondback)

The four-person task force consists of two retired judges, a former federal prosecutor and a yet-to-be-named former coach and athletic director.

By Andy Kostka | Published Aug. 14, 2018

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(Andy Kostka/For The Diamondback)

Court was one of DJ Durkin’s first hires.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Aug. 14, 2018

(File photo/The Diamondback)
(File photo/The Diamondback)

The family’s attorneys also called for the release of footage of McNair’s final workout.

By Grace Mottley | Published Aug. 12, 2018

(Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)
(Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)

Offensive coordinator Matt Canada will serve as interim head coach.

By Arya Hodjat and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Aug. 11, 2018

(Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)
(Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)

An ESPN report on Friday outlined a culture of abuse in the Maryland football program under DJ Durkin.

By Arya Hodjat | Published Aug. 11, 2018

(File photo/The Diamondback)
(File photo/The Diamondback)

The report details a pattern of abuse from Durkin, along with close confidant Rick Court.

By Arya Hodjat | Published Aug. 10, 2018

(Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)
(Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)