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Maryland football survey report details disturbing disorder and abuse

Maryland football program has been a mess for years. This is the easiest removal from the 192-page survey report released…

Maryland football program has been a mess for years.

This is the easiest removal from the 192-page survey report released by a board committee on Thursday. The Commission had investigated the culture of the head coach DJ Durkins, following the death row of Jordan McNair’s offensive line in June and a subsequent ESPN report that buried the “toxic” culture.

The report reaches an odd conclusion, as it tries to use the dictionary to support – more about it later. It says that “the football team in Maryland did not have a” toxic culture “but it had a culture where problems festered because too many players feared to speak out.”

Investigators do not believe players fearing to talk about safety issues qualify as “extremely hard, harmful, or harmful.” Although it is among the most obvious conclusions of the report, it also provides a detailed insight into how the program is running.

The report does not confirm any of the worst accusations against the program, but it still paints a blurred picture of the Durkin program, as well as the Rick Court’s power and conditioning program, which came after ESPN’s report came out.

You can read the entire report here. Below we have selected important information from it.

first The investigation found different instances of unconventional motivational tactics and punishment, both by the court and Durkin.


  • Graphic videos showed to the players while they eat:

Several players regret anonymously that coaching staff would expose teams during the meal to disturb videos. According to Gus Little, this video included serial killers, exercises that entered eyeballs and bloody scenes with animals like animals. Another player says that there were videos of frames and dollars running at each other at full speed. Mr Durkin claims that horror movies were sometimes shown at breakfast to motivate and entertain players.

The report sometimes mentions “motivational clips” like Fast and Furious film highlights were shown to the players at breakfast.

  • A player was taken away from a team meeting to laugh.

The report states that there was a “past existing rift” between the player and Durkin who thought the player was not paying attention.

  • As a form of punishment, the court forced a tramp climber with a PVC tube over the shoulders of one hour. The investigator’s medical expert found that this is “a suitable exercise technique”.
  • The court also claimed that food was extinguished out of the player’s hands when he learned that the player did not stop eating before a team meeting:

Mr.. The court then pulled out the box from the player’s hand, threw it against the wall and raised the whole group about the importance of punctuality, saying: “I tried to set the tone for what that day would be.” Others say the Lord The Court hit the food out of the player’s hand on the ground.

The court stated that players were told to eat before the meeting.

  • Several players told investigators that the court gave overweight players candy bars or snacks while others worked out:

Accounts vary depending on whether the court placed the candy bars on the player’s knees, dropped them at their feet, threw them on the player or poured a basket of them on the player and then forced the player to eat them while the rest of the team worked out. The court says he threw a bag of candy at the player’s feet. A player reminds that the court called the player “fat”.

  • ESPN’s 2018 report claimed that a player was forced to eat until he was vomited. A coach confirmed that a player vomited under a team goal, but it was unclear whether the player had to eat or if he ate and vomited.
  • But talking about vomiting:

During the training session, the player in question had become ill and thrown into the trash bin. Some sources, including former players Michal (“Gus”) Little and E.J. Donahue, alleged that the court then shot the player against a refrigerator in the gym and forced him to clean up his own vomiting from the trash that the court had thrown over the gravity. Others say that the court just threw the can against the wall without touching the player, and the resurrected vomiting was then cleaned by an employee.

  • The court also crossed a line of abuse against the players, whether he thinks he did or not

This meant challenging a player’s masculinity and beat homophobic slurries (which the court denies but was told by many). In addition, the court would try to humiliate players in front of his teammates by throwing food, weights and at one point a garbage can be full of vomiting, all behavior is unacceptable to a reasonable standard. These actions failed the student athletes he claimed to earn.

2nd The entire Maryland Athletic Department has been deeply dysfunctional.

The report describes the palace between current athletic director Damon Evans and his predecessor, Kevin Anderson. Anderson believes Evans tried to overthrow him and take his job. Athletic department officials did not have a clear reporting structure, including employees who worked for the football plan themselves, and especially the court.

There were inconsistent org charts with administrators, court and Durkin who did not agree who the court reported to.

The confusion over which the court reported was a striking illustration of the Athletics Department’s disarray.

Maryland eventually kicked Anderson under odd circumstances. (More about that rather.) Evans was the interim AD after that, including when McNair collapsed at a training session and died. University president Wallace Loh has since promoted Evans to permanent AD.

The report ultimately endorses the University of Dysfunction in the Sports Department.

3rd Durkin’s relationship with Maryland leadership is so bad that it seems very unlikely that he could ever train there again.

The report contains many examples of Durkin who want things that the Athletic Department would not give him and have bad relationships with their leaders. It includes an attempt to get a football specialist psychologist for players and to transform school’s policy on players and marijuana to be less “punitive” and more “therapeutic”.

The Commission said that Durkin in an interview “expressed frustration with the level of support and lack of communication, he got from athletics.” It also said Durkin “found the Maryland bureaucracy to be more challenging than he had experienced in other schools” and suggests that he did not get a chance to tell “his side of history” when Maryland interrupted him after ESPN’s reporting in August.

It has always seemed farfetched that Durkin would ever return to the Maryland sideline. His buyout is about $ 5 million and prevents a Maryland attempt to shoot him for the reason, the university has to pay him to go away or try to get a solution.

4th When the SB Nation asked for Maryland forces coach performance reviews in August, the school would not let them go. It turns out that the forces were barely monitored at all.

A request for detention by August of SB Nation sought the court’s contract information in addition to possible performance assessments and personnel files.

The school released the contract information, but refused the second and third part of the request with reference to an act prohibiting them from releasing such records.

But in terms of performance assessments, they do not go before the report (emphasizes our).

… The Rick Court was effectively responsible for no-one and education staff went relatively unanswered for extended periods, partly due to a split between Athletics Director (“AD”) and his deputy who penetrated the entire department. There was no formal mechanism for assessing coaching performance. There was not a single performance review for the court during his employment in Maryland.

5th We now know for sure why Anderson, Maryland’s former AD, went on a shame “sabbatical” just after the start of the football season 2017. And that’s bad.

In the fall of 2017, reports of Maryland launching Anderson, the athletic director who had hired Durkin appeared. The time was surprising, with the football team to a decent start that included a season-opening victory in Texas.

Anderson turns out to have gone outside the university protocol and used the sports department to retain advice for two football players who had been accused of sexual misconduct. Their prosecutor was another Maryland student.

Dr. Loh found that it was disturbing that Mr Anderson provided the accused financial resources, while the complainant, who was also a student affiliated with the sports department, did not get any help.

It’s a flammable crime, so why did Maryland not only Anderson do? The school put him on a six-month sabbath for two reasons:

  • Powerful Maryland people were concerned about acting to discipline Anderson right then would lead to speculation that Maryland’s dear basketball program had been occupied in the FBI’s inquiry into college basketball corruption. That story had just broken into the national headlight at that time. (Of course, Maryland has been taken in the federal investigation.
  • “Grace Period” helped Anderson to get another job without looking like he had been kicked.

All of this led to months of uncertainty and instability within the sports department, which probably did not make much sense for the well-being of everyone who worked or played in it.

6. The lack of consensus from the interviewed allows the report to claim the “poisonous culture” claim. [19659050] The report ends short to call Maryland’s football culture poisonous despite its documented problems. They did it by using a definition – especially Merriam-Webster – which gave them a little angle.

Toxic means “extremely hard, harmful or harmful “By definition, Maryland football culture was not poisonous.

” Extremely “is a particularly subjective word in the middle of an already subjective definition. Using d A definition as they did increased the stack of what defines “poisonous” above how others can define it. For example, defines “toxic” as “causing unpleasant emotions; harmful or harmful.” The new Oxford-American dictionary returns a definition of “very bad, unpleasant or harmful.”

The report uses the lack of consensus on some of the charges to recover.

There was no unified rejection of Maryland coaching staff, and no unified rejection of player treatment, by any of the interest groups interviewed by the Commission. The only clear agreement was that the court’s level of profanity was often exaggerated and personal in nature. In light of our conclusion that Maryland football culture was not “toxic”, we do not find that the culture caused Jordan McNair’s tragic death.

The ball is now back in Maryland court about what to do next.

They have the report with the results, and they have the main coach of their football program still on the pay side but not laterally.

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