It’s been a whirlwind last two days for Maryland football. Yesterday, the Board of Regents announced it was reinstating DJ Durkin only to have Wallace Loh fire him a day later. The move to reinstate Durkin brought a wide range of reactions, and his firing did as well.
Ellis McKennie and Tre Watson, who both criticized Tuesday’s decision, commended what happened Wednesday evening.
79 forever! Rest In Peace Jordan!— Ellis McKennie (@emck_cubed97) October 31, 2018
It’s crazy what a little pressure will do.— Ellis McKennie (@emck_cubed97) October 31, 2018
Most certainly does! Don’t let anyone tell you your voice doesn’t matter! https://t.co/WythWS6Atc— Ellis McKennie (@emck_cubed97) October 31, 2018
ITS NEVER THE WRONG TIME TO DO WHATS RIGHT!— Ellis McKennie (@emck_cubed97) October 31, 2018
Michael Cornwell hugged Jordan McNair’s dad before he spoke on SportsCenter, then tweeted a picture of his fallen teammate.
Michael Cornwell, tight end on Maryland football and former McDonogh teammate of Jordan McNair, embraces Marty McNair pic.twitter.com/UKDo76PAWh— Andy Kostka (@afkostka) October 31, 2018
"True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it's the presence of justice" pic.twitter.com/9zzJqsXXyq— Michael Cornwell (@mikecorn5) October 31, 2018
Cam Spence, who was a member of McNair’s recruiting class, just wants people to remember the team is playing for their fallen teammate.
At the end of the day. It’s just my Teamates & remembering Jordan #LongLive79— Lil’ Bear (@Only1CamSpence) October 31, 2018
Raymond Boone and Terrance Davis are both annoyed that people other than the team are trying to be a part of the story.
Y’all reporters something else y’all sit there and harass Us for months, throw nothing but bad energy to our program..lie and fake like yall actually care about us as individuals. Then give us grief bc we don’t have anything to say to y’all. #FEBU— 21 Boone (@_SavageRay) November 1, 2018
Lol everybody wanna be apart of the story so bad... it ain’t y’all story to write and y’all not in the book either.— T.Davis (@THEGIF7) November 1, 2018
Somehow, Maryland is supposed to play a football game this weekend against Michigan State, which the players and staff would much rather focus on than this.
Back to our regularly scheduled program— D.Jones (@_DarrylJones) October 31, 2018
I’m going to wake up tomorrow, go to work, and support the 112 players, numerous coaches, and dozens of support staff as I’ve done since I was hired. No one asked for this.— Dave Mencarini (@CoachMac_Terps) November 1, 2018
McKennie wants students and fans to show up this weekend. Others are more content to stick with playing for each other.
I hope #terpnation can truly see what this team is made of. We need all of your support this Saturday and every Saturday to come.— Ellis McKennie (@emck_cubed97) November 1, 2018
We good over here y’all fake supporters just wanna story to be apart of, The real don’t divide . | FEBU | #beatmsu— 21 Boone (@_SavageRay) October 31, 2018
It’s funny how we have all this “support” now, but I haven’t seen the stadium full since I got to the University of Maryland ! Please keep all the fake love, we’re good! We stuck together when this mess started, and we will stay together now that it’s over !— DJ (@_DjTurner1) November 1, 2018
As players we had very little control over any decision that was made, and they were all made with terrible timing ! Which makes it hard for me to believe that the best interest of the team was in mind at all throughout this whole process. But we will be fine !— DJ (@_DjTurner1) November 1, 2018
F.E.B.U.— Jake Funk (@jakefunk34) November 1, 2018
(We believe this means “Fuck Everybody But Us.”)
This story is far from over, and we’ll have updates as more information trickles out.
Other stories and opinions on the last 24 hours of Maryland football news
Ryan weighs in on why DJ Durkin didn’t deserve his (ultimately brief) second chance.
McKennie is happy Maryland “finally did what was right,” writes The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Barker.
From The Washington Post: According to Billy Murphy, an attorney for the McNair family, an altercation broke out between two players at Tuesday’s practice.
Several politicians criticized the initial Board of Regents decision, including Governor Larry Hogan, from The Baltimore Sun.
With another round of news, local and national columnists continued to weigh in:
The Washington Post: “Maryland rights a wrong — but it remains a long way from being out of the woods”
In other news
Maryland field hockey won three of the Big Ten conference’s five yearly awards. Linnea Gonzales won Player of the Year, Bodil Keus won Defensive Player of the Year and Bibi Donraadt won Freshman of the Year.
Yesterday was Halloween. Here’s how some of the teams at Maryland celebrated.
Happy Halloween from Coach BEE!— Brenda Frese (@BrendaFrese) October 31, 2018
One of my favorite traditions of the year! Love surprising our team. They never know what I’ll BEE next! pic.twitter.com/X4zJKELgXi