Will Muschamp Blasts Anonymous Sources in ESPN's Maryland Expose: 'Gutless'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2018

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 14:  Head coach Will Muschamp of the South Carolina Gamecocks looks on against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first half at Neyland Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp criticized the sources for an examination of the alleged "toxic coaching culture" surrounding the Maryland Terrapins football program.

"There's no credibility in anonymous sources," Muschamp told reporters Saturday, per Joe Gorchow of WIS in Columbia, South Carolina. "If that former staffer had any guts, why didn't he put his name on that? I think that's gutless."

ESPN.com's Heather Dinich, Adam Rittenberg and Tom VanHaaren spoke to current and former Maryland players, as well as former Terrapins staffers, for insight into how the program is run.

The sources described a situation in which Terrapins head coach DJ Durkin and his staff rely on "fear and intimidation" and pushed players beyond their physical limits.

"I would never, ever, ever allow my child to be coached there," one former staff member said.

The family of Terrapins offensive lineman Jordan McNair confirmed he died as the result of a heatstroke during a practice in May. Billy Murphy, an attorney representing the McNair family, told ESPN that McNair had suffered a seizure at 5 p.m. ET on May 29, but a 911 call wasn't made until 5:58 p.m. ET.

The university placed multiple members of the football staff on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation.

Based on the severity of the allegations against Durkin and his staff, some were quick to call Muschamp's comments into question:

Prior to taking over at Maryland, Durkin was an assistant for the Florida Gators from 2010 to 2014. Muschamp was the Gators' head coach for the final three years of that span.

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