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)A member of the Maryland football staff is already out in the wake of the death of former Terrapins player Jordan McNair: strength and conditioning coach Rick Court.Court was perhaps the most central member of the bombshell ESPN report about a “toxic” culture within the Maryland football program.In the article, Court is said to have established an environment based on “fear and intimidation.” Among the specific examples included him slapping meals out of players’ hands, and throwing small weights at Terrapins players when angry.Athletic director Damon Evans announced that Rick Court had been fired during today’s Maryland press conference.He did not identify the individual who had been let go at first. When asked specifically, he revealed the staff member as Court.Maryland has fired head S&C coach Rick Court per Damon Evans.— Scott Greene (@TerrapinNation) August 14, 2018According to Yahoo! Sports Pete Thamel, Court resigned yesterday, and reached a settlement with the university.SOURCE: Maryland strength coach Rick Court reached a financial settlement with the university. He resigned yesterday and a settlement was finalized today.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 14, 2018There is no update on the status of head coach DJ Durkin. He remains on administrative leave, as the investigation goes on. It is expected to last into mid-September.Court was one of the first staff members that Durkin hired when he landed the head coaching job at UMD. As ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura pointed out on Twitter, a Sports Illustrated interview with Durkin in early 2016 does not paint a great picture for him now.“Rick Court, our strength coach, is our most important hire I made. That guy is unbelievable. When you’re changing a culture, that’s where it starts. And so we’ve flipped the world upside down on these guys. There have been struggles, but there hasn’t been any, This is garbage. None of that. [The players] want to be good. That’s all been good. There hasn’t been much pushback that way.Rick and I are as about in line with how we see things as you can possibly be. There are 8,000 things coming your way, especially when you’re starting a new program. That’s one area I don’t have to worry about. The guy is relentless with his energy every day, but has a great rapport with the kids. He’s a guy that can coach guys hard, but they love him. It’s not where he’s yelling at you for no reason. He’s going to grind you, get after you. But the guys love him.”Maryland opens the season against Texas on September 1. Former LSU and Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada is the interim head coach with Durkin on leave. He is in his first year at Maryland.
Head coach Dabo Swinney is optimistic that he’ll have Galloway back next season, but understands the team needs to focus on getting to that point first.From The State:“If we’re fortunate enough to be in a high level postseason game that’s after the middle of December (he is eligible),” Swinney said. “If we’re playing early in December we probably didn’t have a very good year. But he would have the opportunity, I think, to be back for that.”Galloway showed signs of potential in his freshman season, totaling five receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown.Clemson’s road back to the national championship begins with a home contest against Georgia Tech.[The State] SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks with his team prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)While Clemson is poised for another impressive season this year, tight end Braden Galloway must watch from the sidelines. He’s still under suspension for failing a drug test back in December.Galloway was one of three members on the Tigers to fail a drug test heading into the College Football Playoff. The other two suspended players, Dexter Lawrence and Zach Giella, are no longer with the program. Lawrence was taken in the 2019 NFL Draft, while Giella is out of eligibility.Clemson could use Galloway for depth at tight end, where the Tigers , but the NCAA rule calls for the suspension to last a calendar year.Even though Galloway is set to miss the entire regular season, it’s possible that he could return for the postseason. However, the Tigers will have to once again punch their ticket into the playoff.