The firing of Durkin was reportedly Loh's decision alone, as he did not consult the board or his agents. He would then inform athletic director, Damon Evans, of his decision, which led to Evans firing the coach immediately. Sources say that Durkin was "surprised" by his firing.
An anonymous Maryland football player said that Evans informed the team in a players' meeting of the news, and none of the players asked any questions. They were also informed that Matt Canada will remain as the team's interim head coach, as they are 5-3 so far this season. The board of regents will not be offering any further comments regarding the situation. The regents do have the power to fire Loh, but the president does have strong support from the government, and with his retirement announcement for next summer, it is unlikely to happen.
Durkin was on paid administrative leave since August 11th and was reinstated on Tuesday after two investigations in to the football program. This is all centering around the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman, Jordan McNair, from a heatstroke during a May 29th workout. Multiple meetings and investigations led to the coaching staff, especially Durkin, being responsible for the unfortunate incident.
The decision to reinstate Durkin was met with protests by students, players, politicians, and most importantly, McNair's family. Players took to social media to voice their opinion on the matter, including Ellis McKennie tweeting "ITS NEVER THE WRONG TIME TO DO WHATS RIGHT." Just a day later, and they did what's right, as Durking went 10-15 in his two seasons with Maryland, including a Quick Lane Bowl loss in 2016.