Urban Meyer, D.J. Durkin joins the list of trainers in scandals

Urban Meyer, D.J. Durkin joins the list of trainers in scandals


Maryland has put head football coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave after reports of a toxic culture within the program became known that could have contributed to the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair in June
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Maryland's decision to place a coach D.J. Durkin on leave, as the university investigates allegations of "unacceptable behavior" from members of the Terrapins coaching staff in an ESPN article, is the second scandal that hit a Big Ten conference program last month.

Durkin and his associates created a poisonous culture of intimidation and humiliation, the article claims.

The other scandal involving Ohio State and his coach Urban Meyer is drawing to a close. An independent investigation into Meyer's allegations of allegations of abuse with former assistant coach Zach Smith is scheduled to be completed by the end of this week, and the findings will help determine whether Meyer remains head coach of the Buckeyes.

In the Football Championship Division, former coach Stephen F. Austin retired Clint Conque last week following his June suspension due to an unnamed violation of university policies.

More: Ohio State Football: What We Know About Urban Meyer Investigation

More: Will Muschamp: Article criticism of Maryland's DJ Durkin lacked "journalistic integrity"

Scandals involving head coaches are not new, though changes, as rated by the NCAA offenses, have put such coaches in a brighter spotlight. NCAA statutes now hold head coaches responsible for violations that occur even without their knowledge, more than ever.

But recent history is littered with examples of head coaches who, like Durkin and Meyer, have been suspended or even fired for various offenses. The examples include:

New Mexico coach Bob Davie. Davie was suspended last month for 30 days without pay when the university investigated whether he and the Lobos coaching team intervened in cases of misconduct by gamblers.

Baylor coach Art Briles. Briles was essentially excluded from college football because of his commitment to the University's abuse scandal. Briles was taken on vacation in May 2016 and fired shortly thereafter.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood. Flood was suspended for three games and fined $ 50,000 in the fall of 2015 after violating university policies when he contacted a professor to discuss the academic suitability of a student-athlete. Flood was fired at the end of the 2015 season.

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino. Petrino was initially taken on vacation and then released in the spring of 2012, after a motorcycle accident triggered an inappropriate relationship with a university employee. Petrino is currently the head coach in Louisville.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. Seven years before Meyer's scandal, Tressel stepped back amidst his own scandal by misleading the NCAA investigators about the nature of the undue benefits to the players. Tressel was originally suspended for two games, then five and fined $ 250,000.

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