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The University of Maryland at College Park has parted ways with head football coach DJ Durkin, a central figure in an athletics scandal that has roiled the state’s flagship institution.

As of Tuesday, Durkin was to remain at the university at the recommendation at the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents, along with athletics director Damon Evans. President Wallace D. Loh announced his retirement in June 2019, following the death of a football player last June and revelations that the football program was plagued with coaching abuse. Reportedly, Loh wanted to fire Durkin, but the regents informed him that they would simply fire Loh instead and replace him with someone who would keep Durkin.

A university spokeswoman on Wednesday evening confirmed Durkin’s departure.

Two separate investigations organized by the regents revealed that the university was at fault for the death of Jordan McNair, as well as the coaching abuse.

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