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The investigation into Maryland football’s culture cost $1.57 million

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From the time the investigation into Maryland football’s culture was announced in August to its completion in October, the University System of Maryland racked up a bill over $1.57 million. A part of that bill, half the eight-member commission racked up over six figures each, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The bulk of the cost was paid to Baltimore law firm DLA Piper, totalling $636,772, while every member of the commission was paid $650/hour for their work. The commissioned report would be used to justify retaining DJ Durkin on Oct. 30, though it made no explicit personnel recommendations. Durkin would be fired the next day after public outcry.

DLA Piper attorney Charles Schleer was paid $283,855, while retired federal judges Ben Legg and Alex Williams were paid $161,915 and $155,194, respectively. Williams also worked and billed for an associate, per the Post, while journalist and Maryland alum Bonnie Bernstein billed $118,463 for her time. The Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics chief of staff Frederick M. Azar billed for a little over $71,000; former Maryland basketball star and three-term congressman Tom McMillen was paid nearly $59,000; former Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich was paid over $40,000; and Washington football’s senior vice president and former quarterback Doug Williams made over $30,500.

The bill was footed by the Board of Regents, which took over the investigation days after university president Wallace Loh announced it. It was announced two months after the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, and days after a reports of a “toxic” culture from ESPN. The report wouldn’t conclude toxicity, but painted organizational and departmental dysfunction among other problems.

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When announcing the commission’s findings, Loh also announced he’d retire this June. On Wednesday, the board announced that Loh would stay another year as it searches for a replacement.

Women’s basketball will look to keep rolling after a blowout win at Indiana and has a 7 p.m. ET matchup with Wisconsin.

For the first time in a while, John Tillman won’t be leaning as heavily on seniors. Men’s lacrosse returns to the field this week, and junior Jared Bernhardt will lead a young offensive core.

Tennis will return almost its entire team this season, adding a former No. 1 high school player in the process. Hopefully that consistency will lead to a solid season.

The Maryland Dairy celebrated Brenda Frese’s 500th win Wednesday, hosting a party complete with ice cream cake.

Women’s lacrosse announced its captains Wednesday, and Cathy Reese’s squad will be led by seniors Julia Braig, Jen Giles and Megan Taylor. It’s the second straight season Braig and Giles will be captains, and the first for three-time reigning Big Ten Goaltender of the Year Taylor.