It’s been almost a month since Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair died at age 19. The university launched an external investigation after his passing, and while that is expected to continue into September, Maryland released a statement with some new details Thursday.
Perhaps the most notable revelation is that head coach DJ Durkin was at the organized team workout on May 29 after which McNair was hospitalized. The workout was supervised by the team’s strength and conditioning staff, so it’s unclear what role (if any) Durkin played that afternoon. His presence at the workout was not previously disclosed. It has not been announced if any coordinators or assistant coaches were present.
The university announced on June 19 that it had contracted Walters Incorporated to evaluate “relevant policies and protocols.” On Thursday, Maryland gave more specifics regarding the scope of the investigation.
Walters Inc., will perform an independent evaluation of ICA’s procedures and protocols related to the recent death of a University football player and review the football program’s procedures and protocols involving student-athlete health and safety applicable to:planning and conducting team conditioning and practice sessions; and for responding to health emergencies during or after those sessions.
Following McNair’s death, the team made workouts voluntary for all players until further notice. Maryland announced Thursday that all players have returned to workouts, and that fall camp will begin Aug. 3 as previously scheduled.