The University System of Maryland Board of Regents will have its fourth meeting to discuss the investigation into the Terps’ football program on Friday. University president Wallace Loh and athletic director Damon Evans requested to appear at the meeting and will do so, according to The Washington Post and ESPN.
DJ Durkin is expected to make an appearance at the meeting too, The Washington Post reported Friday morning after this post was initially published.
Will any news follow?
Thursday brought us plenty of news with the publication of the findings in The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun. We now know that the investigation defined the culture not to match its particular definition of toxic, but outlined wrongdoings throughout the athletic department. Our friends at SB Nation have six takeaways from the report that are worth reading.
All we can do now is wait. The meeting will take place at 2 p.m. at the University System of Maryland headquarters in Baltimore. The Board’s announcement on Thursday night said:
The USM will continue to update the media regarding developments related to the independent commission’s work. No media availabilities are expected before, during or after Friday’s meeting.
But there were not any media availabilities before, during or after Thursday’s meeting, yet media outlets obtained the investigation findings before the meeting started. News on the employment status of Durkin, Evans and Loh could come out before the Friday meeting starts. Or it might come Friday night. Or not until Sunday. Maybe Monday or Tuesday. Maybe the Board will announce the timing of its next move. We’ll find out later.
In other news
Maryland athletics is entirely a mess. Justin outlines how the report makes that painfully obvious.
It still seems unlikely that DJ Durkin ever coaches a game at Maryland again. I looked at his contract to see what the next steps might be.
The Diamondback’s review of the situation: Durkin, Evans and Loh all share the blame here.
FootballScoop’s sources over the past few weeks, we have consistently heard that Durkin was not expected to be retained. Interim head coach Matt Canada, we’re told, has been pushing aggressively for the job and has the team sitting at 4-3 while handing 6th ranked Texas their only loss of the year to date (but also just got shutout at Iowa). Sources tell FootballScoop that if the Terps, under Canada’s watch, were to upset Ohio State or Penn State at the end of this season Canada would have a fair shot at keeping the job (although it remains to be seen who would be making that decision). Otherwise, sources tell us the Terps would likely start fresh bringing in an experienced head coach to give the program new energy & a new culture.
All grains of salt apply to that, obviously.
Because not everything should be doom-and-gloom in every way, I’ll re-up Emily Giambalvo’s excellent story on the bond between Kasim Hill and his 12-year-old sister in The Washington Post.