Durkin, who served under Muschamp from 2011-2014 at Florida, is now the head coach of the Terrapins.
The allegations in the story include ones of verbal and mental abuse that have contributed to a "toxic" culture at Maryland, which has already been under self-appointed external investigation following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair following a workout. Matt Canada will serve as the interim head coach.
McNair reportedly died of a heatstroke in June after collapsing at an offseason team workout, ESPN reported Friday.More news: Spain’s Gerard Pique retires from global football
The report said McNair had "showed signs of extreme exhaustion" before he died of heatstroke suffered during the May workout.
Ben Jealous, a candidate for Maryland governor, is also calling for the suspensions of Durkin and Evans, until an investigation into McNair's death has been finished.
June 25, 2018: Evans is named full-time athletic director.
June 19, 2018: Maryland announces the hire of Rod Walters, a sports medicine consultant who oversaw athletic training at Appalachian State and SC, to conduct a review into the death of McNair.More news: 'Blade Runner 2049' Actress Sean Young Wanted by NYPD for Alleged Burglary
August 10, 2018: ESPN.com reports allegations of a toxic coaching culture under Durkin and Court. The ESPN report also cast doubt on the legitimacy if that investigation, reporting that interviews with players didn't begin until this month and were held in near-proximity to coaches' offices. "If that former staffer had any guts, why didn't he put his name on that?"
"I am extremely concerned by the allegations of unacceptable behaviors by members of our football staff detailed in recent media reports", Evans said in his statement. Sources also told ESPN.com that Court, assistant athletic director of sports performance was also placed on leave. We are committed to fully investigating the program.
"The alleged behaviors raised in the ESPN story are troubling and not consistent with our approach to the coaching and development of our student athletes", the university had said in an earlier statement to ESPN.More news: Star Trek 4 In Trouble?