COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin has been away from the program on paid leave since August following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and reports of a “toxic culture” in College Park. Reportedly, the university has made a decision on his future.Durkin will return to the team and be back on the sidelines this weekend when the Terrapins play Michigan State, according to a report from InsideMDSports.com. An official announcement is expected later this afternoon.Additionally, athletic director Damon Evans and university president Wallace Loh will return to their posts. Loh will reportedly retire in June.DJ Durkin and Damon Evans both retaining Maryland jobs. School President Wallace Loh planning to retire in June. Much more coming shortly…— Rick Maese (@RickMaese) October 30, 2018Loh also reportedly wanted to move on from Durkin, according to the Washington Post.To be clear, UMd President Wallace Loh did not want Durkin back, we’re told. He apparently felt he had no choice https://t.co/1ofD2zh0wK pic.twitter.com/6kkRzmj3Pq— Rick Maese (@RickMaese) October 30, 2018In September, an independent investigation found Maryland to be culpable for McNair’s death. A new report by Maryland’s Board of Regents, which was released on Monday, detailed instances of abuse by former strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, who resigned back in August.However, that report also didn’t explicitly place the blame on Durkin for Court’s actions, and as InsideMDSports.com explained, that led the powers that be to decide that Durkin was fit to resume his duties.While most observers expected the university to part ways with Durkin, who is two seasons into a six-year contract, power brokers and members of the state system’s Board of Regents ultimately decided there wasn’t compelling cause to relieve Durkin of his duties. And as reported Monday by IMS, Durkin impressed the board Friday in what proved to be a vital meeting in the decision-making process.Undoubtedly, Maryland will face criticism for this move. Still, they have made a decision to stand by Durkin.On Saturday, Durkin will rejoin the 5-3 Terps, who need one win in their last four games to wrap up a bowl bid. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada has been serving as the interim coach.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 18:09 IST Phil Simmons backed out in the eleventh hour (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPhil Simmons was among the 6 shortlisted candidatesRavi Shastri to be interviewed around 5 pm ISTKapil Dev-led CAC has been conducting the interviews in MumbaiFormer Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons backed out ahead of his interview for the role of India head coach on Friday, citing personal reasons. Simmons was among the 6 candidates shortlisted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for the high-profile role.Phil Simmons was scheduled to attend the interview conducted by Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee at the BCCI headquarters on Friday. He was among the 3 candidates, including incumbent Ravi Shastri and former Australia cricketer Tom Moody, to take the interview via Skype.Phil Simmons, who won the T20 World Cup in 2016 with West Indies, was appointed as the head coach of Afghanistan in 2017. The West Indies tactician took Afghanistan to the 10-team World Cup and stepped down from the role after the end of quadrennial tournament earlier this year.Kapil Dev-led CAC, which also has Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy, conducted the interviews for the shortlisted candidates. Robin Singh, who had earlier worked with the Indian team as its support staff, was the first to attend the interview and was followed by Lalchand Rajput and former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson.Ravi Shastri, who is currently in the West Indies, is all set to give his interview around 5 PM IST.Kapil Dev and the other 2 members of the CAC are expected to make the announcement about the new India head coach in a press conference at 6 PM IST. It was earlier reported that the press conference would be conducted at 7 PM but it has been moved after Phil Simmon’s exit.advertisementThe newly-appointed head coach on Friday will reportedly be handed 2-year contracts until the T20 World Cup in 2021. The batting, bowling and the fielding coaches who are set to be selected by MSK Prasad-led senior selection committee will also be given 2-year contracts.Ravi Shastri is the overwhelming favourite to retain his job, considering the amount of success Team India have had in the last 2 years. Apart from winning historic series in South Africa (ODIs) and Australia (ODIs and Tests), India’s World Cup 2019 performance was impressive until the semi-final wherein they were knocked out by New Zealand.Also Read | Kapil Dev-led CAC begins interviews for India head coach job: All you need to knowAlso Read | India cricket team head coach interviews: A look at the final candidatesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Phil SimmonsFollow Ravi ShastriFollow India cricket teamFollow Kapil DevFollow BCCIFollow cricket advisory committee India head coach interviews: Phil Simmons backs out; announcement soonFormer West Indies and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons, who was among the 6 shortlisted candidates for the India cricket team head coach selection interviews, backed out in the eleventh hour.advertisement Next