University of Maryland football coach DJ Durkin returns to the practice field

University of Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin returned to the practice field for the Terrapins just hours after university leaders announced that they would recommend his reinstatement.

Durkin was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 11 while an investigation on the culture of the football program was conducted along with another independent investigation into the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.

McNair collapsed during a May 29 practice and died two weeks later. Doctors attributed his death to heatstroke.

On Tuesday, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents recommended that Durkin retain his job, saying he had been unfairly blamed for the dysfunction in the athletic department.

It remains unclear when Durkin will return to coach on the sidelines during games.