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New report sheds light on University of Maryland's response to Jordan McNair's heatstroke

Jordan McNair (University of Maryland, College Park)

In a 74-page report, the University of Maryland is answering some of the questions that were raised after Jordan McNair, 19, died in June.

McNair’s death came roughly two weeks after he suffered a heatstroke during a team workout.

“The onset of symptoms to the call to 911 was an hour and seven minutes,” consultant Rod Walters said.

The review also found that a cold whirlpool was not used to cool Jordan. When asked why, the head football athletic trainer responded saying “there was a fear of drowning” due to Jordan’s size.

“No apparatus was used for prompt cooling of the patient. Inadequate cooling devices were used, such as cold towels, etc.,” Walters said.

Following the report, investigators have made several recommendations.

“If you look at it, it’s like a list of 27/28 recommendations, many of them we’ve implemented, many of them we have not,” Loh said.

“I wish I could say that we could bring Jordan McNair back to life, that would be the greatest thing,” USM Board of Regents Chair James Brady said. “We can use this experience, to make student safety for our student athletes much better.”

The university promises to release findings from a second investigation, which will evaluate allegations relating to verbal abuse and bullying within the football program.

Since the investigation into McNair’s death started, strength and conditioning coach Rick Court has resigned; meanwhile, two athletic trainers and head coach DJ Durkin remain on administrative leave.


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