On Tuesday, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh stated that the school “accepts legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes” its athletics training personnel made that resulted in the death of football player Jordan McNair.

Maryland Issues Statement On Jordan McNair

McNair, an offensive lineman for the Terrapins, died at age 19 on June 13. He was hospitalized following a workout from two weeks prior that resulted in him suffering a heart stroke.

Maryland’s assistant athletic director Rick Court resigned on Monday and shared his resignation letter on Twitter. He thanked head football coach DJ Durkin in the post:

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“We will do everything within our power to ensure that no University of Maryland student-athlete is ever again put in a situation where his or her safety and life are at foreseeable risk,” Loh wrote in a statement.

The university’s president added that he and athletic director Damon Evans spoke to McNair’s family in order to apologize.

According to ESPN, an investigation into the affair involving McNair’s death revealed that the Terrapins’ training staff did not record the football player’s temperature during the May 29 workout and did not comply with proper medical treatment and emergency response measures.


This all follows an earlier ESPN report that described several allegations against Court regarding verbal harassment against the school’s athletes.

Maryland placed Durkin on paid administrative leave over the weekend, and Matt Canada has since been named interim coach. Several other athletic training officials have also reportedly been put on administrative leave.

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