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The University Of Maryland Football Fiasco Part 1

On Halloween night, our hosts were ready to record an episode looking at some current events in sports with BPR's Matt Bush.  Five minutes before recording was set to start, the headline flashed - the University of Maryland had fired head football coach D.J. Durkin a day after he had been re-instated by the school's board of regents over the objection of the university president.  Durkin had originally been put on administrative leave after the death of Terrapin player Jordan McNair following an off-season workout.  Given their very vocal advocacy in support of players rights, John and Marcia had a lot to say about what was happening in College Park - so much so that it became two episodes.  In this first show, a lot of focus is on the role of the strength coach on a football team - and whether players need to workout as much as they are forced to.

(Music featured includes My Algo2 by Yan Terrien)  

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.