DCSB: More disturbing news out of Maryland

The former athletic director at the University of Maryland — the man who hired embattled football coach DJ Durkin — once showed “a serious lack of judgment in a sexual misconduct…
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Former Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The former athletic director at the University of Maryland — the man who hired embattled football coach DJ Durkin — once showed “a serious lack of judgment in a sexual misconduct case, given the university’s commitment to a fair and impartial handling of all such matters.”

That’s according to the school, which received yet another black eye on Thursday when the Diamondback (Maryland’s student newspaper) and The Post both reported on Kevin Anderson’s 2017 decision to use athletic department funds to provide a legal defense for football players being investigated in an alleged sexual misconduct case.

Anderson is gone from Maryland now, but his departure has never been adequately explained. This case is unrelated to the more recent Jordan McNair tragedy, but it only adds to the sense of seedy incompetence currently encircling the athletic department.

It’s another must-read story, and it demonstrates a few things: That tragedy can prompt an institution-wide reckoning. That Maryland’s apparent allergy to transparency continues to backfire. And that we’re almost certainly a long way from the end of the disturbing College Park revelations.

In less serious matters, feel free to send me your thoughts on this fledgling newsletter format, either @dcsportsbog or by email, and let’s meet back here on Monday to talk about … I dunno, the Redskins preseason or something.

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