official photo

Washington's football team is now contemplating what name to choose to replace The Redskins. After years of resistance corporate pressure along with the nationwide protests over  the death of George Floyd has finally moved the team's owner Daniel Snyder to act. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who is looking at a run for governor, says it is about time.

Washington Team logo

The Washington Redskin announced that they are officially changing the name after years of resistance. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with east coast sports writer Mike Lurie about its history and what it may mean for other teams.

Redskins logo

After years of refusing to replace the name Washington Redskins a change appears to be in the offing. Indeed, the Cleveland Indians have also said they aim to replace their team's name. All of this comes as the Black Lives Matter protests filled the streets in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer and a renewed effort to take down old Confederate monuments. Glenn Aparicio Parry is author of a new book entitled, "Original Politics: Making America Sacred Again" which looks at American democracy through the traditions of Native Americans.

Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Ellis a tight end for Delmar High School has been signed by the Eagles Football team.

Last October Ellis the Kansas City Chiefs released him after a wrist injury.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he will be on the field for his first preseason game on Thursday night.

He was seen on the field last Saturday with his new teammates quarterback Carson Wentz and tight end Zach Ertz.

Ellis had been working out in Nashville when the Eagles called.

He told the paper that it has been crazy.

creative commons

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Naval Academy's superintendent says the school's football team won't use "Load the Clip" as its motto amid concerns it was insensitive to victims of gun violence.

Superintendent Sean Buck told the Capital Gazette Friday that the slogan was insensitive to the community and inappropriate.

The Academy is located in Annapolis, where a gunman last year shot and killed five people inside the Capital Gazette newsroom.

family photo

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The accreditation of the University of Maryland, College Park, is in jeopardy a year after a football player died following a preseason workout.

News outlets report the accrediting Middle States Commission of Higher Education on Friday announced it has placed the school on warning after finding "insufficient evidence" that it is complying with governance, leadership and administration standards.

creative commons

DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) - The principal of Maryland high school has resigned months after several junior varsity football players were accused of raping or attempting to rape teammates with a broomstick.

News outlets report Casey Crouse announced her resignation from Damascus High School on Tuesday, saying new leadership is needed to move beyond the October attacks.

The Washington Post reports five teens are charged as juveniles in the attacks, which suspects and victims have said were a locker-room hazing ritual.

Washington Team Logo

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has abandoned talks to persuade the Washington Redskins to build its next stadium on a Maryland site currently owned by the federal government.

Spokeswoman Amelia Chasse told news outlets Tuesday that Hogan will proceed with acquiring state control of the 300-acre tract near MGM National Harbor. In December, Hogan acknowledged negotiating a nonbinding land swap that could have cleared the way for a 60,000-seat stadium. That plan drew concern from surprised local politicians and those worried about environmental and financial impact.

family photo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - University of Maryland President Wallace Loh says he told the school's governing body that "all hell will break loose" if DJ Durkin was retained as head coach of its football team after a player's death, a prophetic warning that went unheeded.

Loh told a panel of state lawmakers on Thursday that members of the University System of Maryland board of regents asked him on Oct. 26 if he would support Durkin's reinstatement as coach. Loh said he explained why he couldn't.

family photo

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has a new chair, and her first public act was to apologize for how university officials responded to a player's death.

The Baltimore Sun reports Linda Gooden apologized Wednesday to the family of 19-year-old Terrapins football player Jordan McNair, who collapsed from heatstroke on the field in May and later died. The 17-member board has spent weeks overseeing two investigations into his death.

official photo

Maryland University head football coach DJ Durkin has been fired.

The move comes one day after he was reinstated after a suspension following the death of football player Jordan McNair.

He had been suspended through the fall camp and eight regular season games.

University President Wallace Loh in making the announcement last night said that it was in best interest of the university.

Meanwhile, Maryland Democratic Representative Anthony Brown issued a statement calling the dismissal the right decision that would allow the university community to move forward.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The parents of offensive lineman Jordan McNair say suspended University of Maryland coach DJ Durkin should be fired.

McNair collapsed during a preseason conditioning drill May 29 and died two weeks later. Durkin was placed on administrative leave Saturday after ESPN reported that coaches had been bullying the players.

On Tuesday, the university said it takes "legal and moral responsibility" for the death.


After a preliminary investigation the University of Maryland announced that it was taking responsibility for the death of 19 year-old football player Jordon McNair.

It also announced that it has fired football strength coach Rick Court.

Head football coach DJ Durkin remains on the job but school officials said that the investigation is continuing and promises that it will be independent.

official photos

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he supports the University of Maryland's decision to put the football coach on administrative leave after troubling reports about the program following a player's death.

Hogan, a Republican, said Saturday he expects an investigation will be "wide-ranging and thorough." He says if reports are confirmed, "strong and permanent corrective actions should be taken immediately."


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The foundation honoring a University of Maryland football player says his death was caused by heatstroke during an organized team workout at the end of May.

News outlets report the website's description of the Jordan McNair Foundation attributes the 19-year-old offensive lineman's death to heatstroke during the offseason practice. The University of Maryland had not disclosed the cause of death, citing family privacy.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A bill proposed to the Maryland General Assembly would bar children from participating in tackle football and other contact sports on publicly funded fields until high school.

Sen. William C. Smith Jr., D-Montgomery County, who filed the bill, tells the Baltimore Sun it's not meant to undermine football. He says it's meant to show the state doesn't want to enable an activity that's developmentally detrimental.

Team Logo

The Delmar High School Football team celebrated their champion Saturday night win over Milford with a score of 14-7.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports horns and cheers could be heard this weekend as buses and fire engines filled the Food Lion Parking lot.

It is was the first time the Wildcats won a championship in the DIAA Division II since 2009.

The paper also reports that it is the second victory this month for the high school with its field hockey team taking the same honor last month.

Superbowl logo

Superbowl Sunday is just day away. So, we check in with East Coast sports writer and commentator Mike Lurie takes a look at the quarterbacks and a Salisbury University connection in this interview with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush

University of Delaware

University of Delaware football coach Dave Brock has been fired winning only 12 of the last 32 games.  

His contract had been set to run through 2017.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the announcement was made Sunday afternoon.

In addition, the university said that co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Dennis Dottin-Carter will take up the top job while the school looks for a replacement.

The News Journal reports that when contacted by phone last night Brock said it would be inappropriate to comment.

High School Photo

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow may be coming to Perdue Stadium.

Of course, that would be as a New York Mets minor league baseball player.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that one of the team’s minor league teams is the South Carolina Fireflies who happens to be in the South Atlantic League with the Delmarva Shorebirds.

If it all comes together that means Tebow could be in Perdue stadium for game May 10 through the 12th.

The former Heisman Trophy winner was signed by the Mets shortly after he tried out in front of minor league teams in California.

The Derek Sheeley Foundation website

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Lawyers are announcing a $1.2 million settlement with the NCAA and other defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the 2011 death of a Frostburg State University football player.

Attorney Kenneth McClain said in a statement Monday that the deal with the parents of Derek Sheely is a landmark settlement that puts the NCAA and other football stakeholders on notice of their obligation to protect the health and safety of athletes.

Frostburg State University

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland has reached a settlement with the family of a Frostburg State University football player who died from a head injury he suffered in practice.

The agenda for the Board of Public Works' meeting set for Wednesday shows Maryland's attorney general is seeking approval for a payment of $50,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of fullback Derek Sheely.

Sheely's parents alleged negligence by three football staff members, the NCAA and others.

Frostburg State University

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A Maryland judge is considering requests to limit the evidence a jury would hear in a wrongful death lawsuit involving a Frostburg State University football player who suffered a fatal head injury during practice in 2011.

Online court records show that the NCAA, Illinois-based helmet maker Kranos Corp. and members of Frostburg State University's athletic department have filed dozens of such motions ahead of the hearing Friday in Rockville.

The trial is set for June 20.

The $19 million renovation of Sea Gull Stadium began  to usher in a new era for Salisbury University athletics this weekend. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at the impact of the new facility on the school's teams and students. (Matt Forney and Michael McGraw provided reportorial work for this story)

New Sea Gull Stadium Unveiled

Apr 8, 2016
Salisbury University

The new $19 million Sea Gull Stadium held its grand opening yesterday as Salisbury University students and faculty gathered along with local residents at the 30-thousand square-foot construction site.

The stadium runs the length of Wayne Street and will have around 5-thousand seats with four floors of amenities.

Football Coach Sherman Wood said, “The kids are going to have the opportunity to run out of a brand new stadium. It really hadn’t hit me to be honest with you. I’m just so happy for our student athletes, they’re in awe right now.”

publicity photo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's House of Delegates has failed to override Gov. Terry McAuliffe's veto of a bill that would allow home-school students to participate in public-school sports.

The Republican-controlled House voted 57-42 on Wednesday, falling several votes short of what's needed to overturn a veto. The so-called "Tebow bill" is named for Tim Tebow, the former NFL quarterback who was home-schooled and allowed to play football for his local high school.

creative commons team logal

Can the government revoke the Washington Redskins’ trademark just because it is seen as offensive?

Four professors at Widener University’s Delaware Law School say no.

The U.S. Patent Office withdrew the NFKL team’s trademark last year because a Native American group said it was disparaging.

The Wilmington New Journal reports that the four were among the 18 who filed a friend of the court brief backing the football team.

Dean Rod Smolla told the paper that he personally would change the name of the team but added it was not the government’s decision to make.

Glen Allen High School website

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A student has apologized for playing a song riddled with racial slurs over the public address system ahead of a Virginia high school football game.

Najee Lawrence said Thursday night he mistakenly downloaded a song that contained the offensive lyrics, according to media reports. The song was played over the PA system at Glen Allen High School's football stadium before the suburban school played a Richmond team, Marshall High School, one week ago.

Marshall is a predominantly black school.

The Derek sheely Foundation website

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A judge has largely rejected an NCAA bid for secrecy in a civil lawsuit stemming from the brain-injury death of a Frostburg State University football player.

The NCAA had sought to shield from public view 14 internal emails, memos and meeting minutes it considered confidential records of its decision-making process regarding concussions. The Montgomery County Circuit Court judge rejected that argument for 11 of the documents in an order filed Tuesday.

Towson University website

BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge has ruled that a Towson University football player who suffered a near fatal heatstroke two years ago cannot be prevented from rejoining his team on the field.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett ruled Friday that the university must allow 22-year-old lineman Gavin Class to start practice Aug. 9 with the rest of the team.

Class filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against the university in May after Towson barred him from outdoor practices with the team, citing the severity of his earlier injury.