COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Earlier today, Maryland announced the news that head football coach D.J. Durkin was returning to the team for the remainder of the season. Durkin has been on paid leave since August 11 in the wake of the death of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair.Reports at the time claimed Durkin had allowed a “toxic culture” to form at Maryland. It looked like the school would eventually have to part ways with him, but now, he’s coming back.As you might imagine, Maryland has taken plenty of heat for this decision from the media and general public. Some Terps players are also unhappy, and multiple players reportedly walked out of a meeting with Durkin today.One of those players was McNair’s close friend, high school teammate and fellow offensive lineman Ellis McKennie.Confirmed that three players walked out of #Terps practice today. One of them, lineman Ellis McKennie, returned. McKennie was a close friend and high school teammate of Jordan McNair and has been a key figure in the team’s memorials. So, not surprising.https://t.co/PxKNGdCG9U— Jeff Ermann (@Jeff_Ermann) October 30, 2018McKennie wasn’t done expressing his feelings. He took to Twitter tonight to offer his thoughts on the situation.“Every Saturday my teammates and I have to kneel before the memorial of our fallen teammate,” McKennie wrote. “Yet a group of people do not have the courage to hold anyone accountable for his death. If only they could have the courage that Jordan had. It’s never the wrong time to do what’s right.”Every Saturday my teammates and I have to kneel before the memorial of our fallen teammate. Yet a group of people do not have the courage to hold anyone accountable for his death. If only they could have the courage that Jordan had. It’s never the wrong time to do what’s right. pic.twitter.com/AaZVmLGTtS— Ellis McKennie (@emck_cubed97) October 30, 2018Very likely, McKennie isn’t the only Terp who feels this way. It is hard to blame him either, given the circumstances.Going forward, it will be interesting to see the fallout from Durkin’s reinstatement.
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