Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Scrutinized Maryland takes blame for football player's death

Scrutinized Maryland takes blame for football player's death

Evans added that the training staff "did not take Jordan's temperature or put him in immersion". Some of the actions of our athletic training staff - not the coaching staff, the athletic training staff - they basically misdiagnosed the situation.

"I am blessed for the relationships I have built and wish nothing but success for our team", Court wrote, in part, in a farewell letter he tweeted after the news conference that also said he had been "deeply impacted" by McNair's death. McNair died from heatstroke two weeks after the workout.

"We have learned Jordan did not receive appropriate medical care and mistakes were made by athletic training personnel", Evans said Tuesday.

Head coach DJ Durkin remains on administrative leave while the university launches a separate independent investigation into allegations of bullying and a toxic culture inside the football program. A report is expected by September 15, but the school has been provided preliminary findings and shared some of those in a news conference.

Evans, who was appointed athletic director in July and who said he made investigating McNair's death his top priority, appeared to become emotional when he recounted for reporters meeting with the player's family. "For me, that was enough to say, 'I need to come and personally apologize'".

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The university has commissioned an external review of the full circumstances leading to McNair's death. "You entrusted Jordan to our care and he is never returning home again'".

"We take those reports very seriously, but I think due process does require us to lay out the facts, give people a chance to respond and then we will take action", Loh said.

Athletic director Damon Evans said on Tuesday that Rick Court is no longer associated with the program. However, the university has not yet made a decision regarding the status of football coach DJ Durkin, who will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the program.

Loh said on Tuesday that the university has one investigation to look into how a player died after a workout and another investigation into the alleged abusive culture.

The four-person panel looking into the matter includes former U.S. District Court judge Brenson Legg, former U.S. District Court judge Alex Williams, Baltimore lawyer Charles Scheeler and a fourth, unnamed member. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

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