Sport Amid review of McNair's death, Maryland staffers put on leave as Durkin remains in charge

03:36  11 august  2018
03:36  11 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

Maryland places D.J. Durkin on administrative leave, Matt Canada to serve as interim coach

  Maryland places D.J. Durkin on administrative leave, Matt Canada to serve as interim coach The move comes after several reports regarding the "toxic" culture of the football program.“I am extremely concerned by the allegations of unacceptable behaviors by members of our football staff detailed in recent media reports. We are committed to fully investigating the program,” athletic director Damon Evans said in a letter on Saturday. “At this time, the best decision for our football program is to place Maryland Head Football Coach DJ Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of the program.

Maryland Coach DJ Durkin gathers with his staff during early signing period for recruits last December. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post). Maryland has placed multiple members of its athletics staff on administrative leave as an external review of the death of football player Jordan McNair

Maryland coach DJ Durkin held back tears as he discussed 19-year-old Jordan McNair , who died Wednesday. McNair was hospitalized after becoming ill after an organized team workout. The university is conducting an external review into McNair ' s death .

Maryland football coach D. J. Durkin, pictured on the sidelines in 2017, has new boss in Damon Evans.© Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (file photo) Maryland football coach D. J. Durkin, pictured on the sidelines in 2017, has new boss in Damon Evans.

Maryland has placed members of football coach DJ Durkin's support staff on paid administrative leave based on the initial findings of the external review examining the circumstances leading to the death of redshirt freshman Jordan McNair, the university announced Friday.

A school spokeswoman declined to name the individuals who were placed on leave, pending the outcome of the review being conducted by Walters Inc., a South Carolina-based sports medicine consulting firm. That review is expected to be finished no later than Sept. 15.

McNair's lawyer calls for Durkin to be fired as Maryland's coach

  McNair's lawyer calls for Durkin to be fired as Maryland's coach The attorney for the family of the University of Maryland football player who died after a strenuous offseason workout is calling for Terrapins coach DJ Durkin to be fired.The 19-year-old McNair was hospitalized May 29 and died June 13. McNair family attorney Billy Murphy Jr. said Sunday the preliminary death certificate showed ''symptoms of heatstroke are present.

Maryland Coach DJ Durkin was emotional in discussing Jordan McNair on Thursday many details as we possibly can,” though many circumstances surrounding McNair ’ s death remain unclear. Evans also did not expand on what, exactly, is being reviewed at this time but did say Maryland will

Questions remain about how and why Maryland football player Jordan McNair , 19, died Wednesday after being hospitalized since May 29. We have been in active conversations with external constituents to conduct a review ." Maryland head coach DJ Durkin , who also coached the

McNair died June 13, 15 days after having difficulty recovering from the conditioning test players need to complete in order to participate in preseason workouts.

McNair's family announced on a website to announce the establishment of a foundation in his honor that the 19-year-old lineman died from heatstroke.

The school issued a statement Friday on the decision to put staffers on leave: "Following the death of Maryland football player Jordan McNair in June, the University of Maryland commissioned an external review of the procedures and protocols surrounding athletes' health and safety. Pending the final outcome of this review, the university has placed members of the athletics staff on administrative leave. We will be able to speak in greater detail when the review is complete and shared with the public. Our thoughts remain with Jordan McNair's family, friends and teammates."

Maryland admits football player who died did not receive proper care

  Maryland admits football player who died did not receive proper care The University of Maryland on Tuesday announced some preliminary findings from its investigation into the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair, and the school is taking responsibility for mistakes that were made that led to the tragic outcome. University of Maryland president Wallace Loh informed the media that he and other school officials spoke with McNair’s family and accepted “legal and moral responsibility” for McNair’s death.Maryland President (and former Iowa provost) Wallace Loh told Jordan McNair's parents the university "accepts legal and moral responsibility" for training staff mistakes.

Maryland conducting a review of events following workout that led to Jordan McNair ' s hospitalization. Evans provided few specifics other than the details above and did not reveal the cause of McNair ’ s death when asked by a reporter in attendance. Coach D.J. Durkin emotional.

McNair , a 19-year-old Randallstown, Md . native, would have been a redshirt freshman in the fall. The cause of his death is not known at this time. At that time, Maryland said McNair was in “critical but stable” condition and was hospitalized “following an organized team workout.”

A source confirmed that Durkin, who is going into his third season with the program, will remain Terps coach. On Friday, in his first interview since the start of fall practice, Durkin told Big Ten Network that McNair's death was a "tremendous loss."

"Every guy is at a different stage of a grieving process, and we are as a team," he said. "So the one thing we've done here through camp, and we said this and we've done it, we're going to talk about it. It's OK to talk about it. We're not going to just ignore it and pretend we're going to move on. We're going to talk about it. So we have guys get up and talk to the team at night, and that's been brought up quite a bit.

"There's not a day that goes by that anyone doesn't think about it, talk about it. So, all in all, I think our guys have done a good job. They've handled things. We've had some really good practices, but it's certainly present."

In releasing some details about the incident, the university confirmed Durkin was on the field when the conditioning test consisting of 10 110-yard dashes was being administered.

An unidentified caller described McNair's breathing problems to a Prince George's County emergency dispatcher just before 6 p.m. according to an audio copy of two calls and an incident report released by the county's Office of Homeland Security after a public-records request.

According to the 911 tape obtained by The Baltimore Sun, McNair appeared to have suffered a seizure and was "unable to control" his breath after the football practice that led to his hospitalization. In a second call, a first responder reported to dispatchers that McNair had a seizure.

McNair arrived at Washington Adventist Hospital, in nearby Takoma Park, at 6:36 p.m., according to the county's report, before being transported to the Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he remained until his death.

Jordan McNair's dad: Maryland should fire suspended coach .
The parents of offensive lineman Jordan McNair say suspended University of Maryland coach DJ Durkin should be fired.McNair collapsed during a preseason conditioning drill May 29 and died two weeks later. Durkin was placed on administrative leave Saturday after ESPN reported that coaches had been bullying the players.On Tuesday, the university said it takes "legal and moral responsibility" for the death.Tanya Wilson and Martin McNair told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday that Durkin should be more than suspended — he should be fired. McNair says Durkin "shouldn't be able to work with anyone else's kid.

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