Maryland football coach DJ Durkin has been placed on administrative leave as the university investigates the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who died following a summer workout. The school has accepted full responsibility for McNair’s death, but the future of the team’s head coach remains in question.
There have been varying opinions on whether Durkin should be fired from the Terrapins, but now one of the most important voices on the matter is speaking out.
On Thursday, Aug. 16, the parents of McNair appeared on Good Morning America and spoke with host Michael Strahan to discuss the entire matter. As far as the parents are concerned, the way that the Maryland staff handled their son’s situation should lead to the head coach’s firing.
“He shouldn’t be able to work with anyone else’s kid. You send your kid away to college for them to be developed into young people — and that’s physically, emotionally and spiritually, and teach our young kids, our young people that we worked so hard to get there, to, ‘Hey, I’m giving my child to you. Keep him safe.’ They did anything but that. So of course he should be fired,” Martin McNair said.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 16, 2018
Maryland has already fired strength coach Rick Court following McNair’s death. There is no timetable for a decision on Durkin’s future with the program.
The Terrapins kickoff their 2018 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Texas. Kickoff at FedExField between Maryland and the Longhorns is set for 12:00 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.