Maryland parts ways with assistant coach after player death

University of Maryland accepts responsibility in football player's death

DJ Durkin, the head football coach, was placed on administrative leave August 11, after ESPN reported "allegations of abuse and disparagement in the program" that included "belittling, humiliation and embarrassment of players" and "extreme verbal abuse" and a player who said "he was forced to overeat or eat to the point of vomiting".

The University of Maryland has parted ways with strength and conditioning coach Rick Court after the death of football player Jordan McNair in June.

Coach DJ Durkin was placed on paid administrative leave on Saturday.

Tuesday, Evans confirmed that McNair did not receive appropriate medical care, saying that mistakes were made by some of the university's athletic training personnel.

In June, Evans announced the university was launching an external investigation into the incident that led to the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair's death.

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 final report into McNair's death, which is being compiled by a team of sports-medicine experts, is expected by September 15.

"The emergency response plan was not appropriately followed...the care we provided was not consistent with best practices...heat illness was not properly identified or treated", Evans said.

"While Marty and Tonya will never get another day with Jordan, Dr. Loh's words were meaningful to them and give them some comfort that he will put the university on the path to change the culture of the program".

The hospital records say McNair initially showed symptoms of heatstroke 45 minutes into the teams workout, which began at 4:15 p.m. — more than 90 minutes before his body temperature was successfully lowered at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.

"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. "What fair process demands is that we do a thorough investigation by an independent group and they make recommendations, and we will implement those recommendations and we will monitor the continued implementation of those recommendations", Loh added. What can we do to pay tribute to Jordan's life? Wes Robinson, the head football trainer, and Steve Nordwall, director of athletic training, were placed on administrative leave August 10, according to ESPN.

"But a case could be made that this was a grossly negligent homicide", he said.

Loh admitted the football training staff "misdiagnosed the situation".

Related:

Comments


Other news