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Not until next May, but he sent an e-mail on this today.   He should have been fired, yesterday, but I guess this was the deal he worked out with the Board.
 

University of Maryland, Office of the President
 
October 30, 2018

Dear University of Maryland community,


Serving as the 33rd President of the University of Maryland has been the greatest experience of my professional life. Since I arrived on campus in Fall 2010, I have had the honor and the pleasure of working alongside and leading 50,000 of the most impressive faculty, staff and students in academia to advance our beloved University. Together, we have boldly transformed our University, in ways both significant and subtle. Today, our University deservedly stands among the most distinguished institutions of learning in the world.


Change is a necessary agent of progress. It is in that spirit that today that I announce my retirement as president of the University of Maryland. My final day will be June 30, 2019, a time frame sufficient to help ensure a smooth transition to a new president.


The past several months have been exceedingly difficult for the University, Maryland football, and all who support the Terps following the tragic death of Jordan McNair. As many of you are aware, the independent commission on the culture of Maryland's football program recently completed their work and provided a report to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. The report states that the University leadership bears some responsibility for the ongoing dysfunction of the Athletics Department. I accept that responsibility. Last August, I accepted legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes that our training staff made in Jordan's care. I stand by that decision 100%.


The commission's report found that "the Maryland football team did not have a 'toxic culture.'" But the commission did find troubling behaviors within the program. We must work to create a healthier culture that advances the well-being of our student-athletes. Today, Athletic Director Damon Evans and I agreed to implement all recommendations made by the commission and the Board of Regents. Together, Damon and I will spearhead these reforms to ensure the safety and well-being of all student-athletes.


The Board of Regents recommended that Head Coach DJ Durkin will return from administrative leave to resume his regular coaching duties.


In May, I will join the Class of 2019 at Commencement to bid farewell to our University. Together, we will look back on our years in College Park with enduring affection. I will be proud of the growth of our academic enterprise with the addition of talented new faculty members across all disciplines. I will look to our surrounding communities with amazement at how we have together started to transform the Greater College Park region into a hub of innovation and economic development. I will join thousands of supporters and friends who have raised an unprecedented $1.4 billion over the past 8 years to fund groundbreaking research, student scholarships, and world-class learning facilities.


And I will look back with pride upon the most diverse, most-academically talented classes in the University's history, thousands of students who are already making an incredible mark on our world. This is our shared legacy.


But there is much to do before I go. Today, I will simply get back to work.
With esteem and appreciation,

 
Sincerely,

Wallace D. Loh

 

  Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland
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2 hours ago, TonySoprano said:

I haven't read one comment on social media that thinks Durkin's return is a good thing.  Instead, it's about being ashamed to be an alumni and how the athletic department will never get another dime from them.

This is even worse day for Maryland, then when Lefty was run out of town, and for nothing he did wrong, too.

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3 hours ago, TonySoprano said:

I haven't read one comment on social media that thinks Durkin's return is a good thing.  Instead, it's about being ashamed to be an alumni and how the athletic department will never get another dime from them.

The simple facts are that Durkin had very little to do with McNair dying. That's on the Training staff. As for a toxic environment, that's a joke. Every Football Team I every played on the Coaches acted like that. If you can't hack it, go play Badminton. I'm glad the Board of Regents had enough backbone to not ruin Durkin's career. Everyone wants to play the victim and they always need a scapegoat.

As for the Alumni. I'm sure the Terps teams can continue to be average to below average without them. It's not like they were making a big difference.

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42 minutes ago, Satyr3206 said:

The simple facts are that Durkin had very little to do with McNair dying. That's on the Training staff. As for a toxic environment, that's a joke. Every Football Team I every played on the Coaches acted like that. If you can't hack it, go play Badminton. I'm glad the Board of Regents had enough backbone to not ruin Durkin's career. Everyone wants to play the victim and they always need a scapegoat.

As for the Alumni. I'm sure the Terps teams can continue to be average to below average without them. It's not like they were making a big difference.

Durkin isn't responsible for his training staff?

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1 hour ago, Can_of_corn said:

Durkin isn't responsible for his training staff?

I read different articles about this and if I recall correctly there was no clear chain of command as to who the training staff reported to. I think it was Testudo Times but I would have to go back and look. To answer your question, I don't know. The AD and Administration probably set up the Organizational Chart. Durkin isn't a Doctor or EMT. I would lean towards answering no, but don't have all the info needed to be absolutely sure.

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6 hours ago, Satyr3206 said:

The simple facts are that Durkin had very little to do with McNair dying. That's on the Training staff. As for a toxic environment, that's a joke. Every Football Team I every played on the Coaches acted like that. If you can't hack it, go play Badminton. I'm glad the Board of Regents had enough backbone to not ruin Durkin's career. Everyone wants to play the victim and they always need a scapegoat.

As for the Alumni. I'm sure the Terps teams can continue to be average to below average without them. It's not like they were making a big difference.

I take this back wholeheartedly. After taking forever to make a decision they reinstate him, then fire him? And I didn't think it was possible the UM Administration could look worse. Guess I was wrong.

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51 minutes ago, Satyr3206 said:

I take this back wholeheartedly. After taking forever to make a decision they reinstate him, then fire him? And I didn't think it was possible the UM Administration could look worse. Guess I was wrong.

The consensus was to lose Durkin.  Students had a protest planned for tomorrow; players walked out on Durkin today when announced; the Governor told them to rethink their decision.  Loh showed he's a petty, self-righteous jerk in his statement today, announcing if he had his way Durkin would've been fired already.  Well, Loh shouldn't get to "retire" either.

 

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