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D.J. Durkin (pictured) was fired as Maryland's head football coach on Wednesday, and on Thursday the Baltimore Sun reported that a Maryland player was attacked on Tuesday for being a whistle-blower

By The Sports Xchange

D.J. Durkin was fired as Maryland's football coach on Wednesday, and on Thursday the Baltimore Sun reported that a Maryland player was attacked on Tuesday for being a whistle-blower.

Matthew Barber, a junior backup punter, told the Sun that after Tuesday's practice a teammate tried to punch him in the face.

While the two were fighting, other Terps players arrived to aid the attacker. Barber said he was punched in the face a number of times, resulting in a black eye, a dislocated shoulder and a cut on his forehead that required stitches.

"My jersey was bloody," Barber told the paper.

Barber claimed he was targeted because of his whistle-blower status against Durkin, who observed Maryland's practice on Tuesday.

Barber also said footballs were thrown at him during the practice and he was taunted.

"We take any matters involving physical altercations extremely seriously," Maryland AD Damon Evans told the Sun. "We are talking with the players involved and will take appropriate actions based on the facts."

Durkin was allowed to return as Maryland's head coach on Tuesday because an internal report found that the program's culture did not meet the standard of "toxic," which was the word ESPN used to describe the Maryland program.

Durkin was fired the next day.

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