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Maryland takes full responsibility for death of Jordan McNair, assistant coach resigns

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The University of Maryland admitted they made mistakes in handling the incident that led to the death of football player Jordan McNair and are claiming full responsibility for his death.

UMD officials held a news conference Tuesday amid the growing controversy surrounding accusations of abuse in the football program amid the investigation into McNair's death. The 19-year-old was taken to the hospital in critical condition after an organized team workout. The school announced his passing on June 13.

"The university owes you an apology," UMD President Wallace Loh publicly stated to McNair's family.

Loh and athletic director Damon Evans spoke to the media just after 2 p.m. in the Hotel at the University of Maryland. Evans admitted that McNair did not receive appropriate medical care from the training staff and that the team's emergency response plan was not adhered to.

“We will do everything possible so that the situation that Jordan McNair found himself in will never happen again," Evans said.

Evans also announced that the team has "parted ways" with strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, one of the central figures in the ESPN story alleging that the football program suffered from a toxic culture.


Head coach D.J. Durkin and other staffers remain on administrative leave in the wake of reports the Terrapins' football program had "a coaching environment based on fear and intimidation," where players were humiliated, embarrassed and verbally abused. The story broke in the midst of the investigation of McNair's death.

Loh reminded reporters that while he and the school took the allegations seriously, they remain only allegations at this time. He added that the alleged behavior was "totally inconsistent with our values." Evans said he has not witnessed any of the abusive practices detailed in the story.

McNair was taken to the hospital in critical condition after the organized team workout, the Maryland football team announced on June 4. The university announced his passing on June 13. McNair's parents say he died from heatstroke. An attorney representing McNair's family has called for Durkin to be fired.

Maryland is in the midst of an external review of the events surrounding Jordan's death. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada is currently serving as interim head coach.


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