University of Maryland president Wallace Loh and athletic director Damon Evans held a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 14. to discuss the death of Jordan McNair, as well as the investigation into McNair’s death and the decision to place head coach DJ Durkin and other staff members on leave.
What follows is our live stream from College Park, followed by a running diary of the about 40-minute news conference:
Maryland football press conference live stream
On hand for AD Damon Evans and President Wallace Loh's joint press conference in the wake of the recent Maryland foo https://t.co/WfcIEiM9SH— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) August 14, 2018
Live updates from Maryland’s Aug. 14 press conference
Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun asks if there's a video of practice as Damon Evans walks off stage. Maryland spokesperson continues to thank everybody for coming.— Jared Goldstein (@_jgoldy17) August 14, 2018
Damon Evans believes he should remain as Maryland's athletic director:— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) August 14, 2018
"I believe I'm the one that can lead us through these very difficult times."
Damon Evans confirms that strength and conditioning coach Rick Court is out at Maryland.
Damon Evans says Maryland has "parted ways" with one staff member, but does not name that staff member.— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) August 14, 2018
Damon Evans up now, discussing the workout where McNair collapsed:
Some preliminary findings on Jordan McNair's death, from Maryland AD Damon Evans:— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) August 14, 2018
*Jordan did not receive appropriate medical care, and mistakes were made by training personnel
*UMD's emergency response plan was not followed
*Heat illness was not properly identified or treated
There will now be two investigations into the Maryland football program. One led by Loh’s 4-person committee and one by Walters, Inc.
Loh also says, re: the ESPN report:— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) August 14, 2018
“You can motivate people, push them to the limit, without engaging in bullying behavior.”
Loh says he has put together a 4-person commission that has already met to review the practices and culture of Maryland's football program.— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) August 14, 2018
Loh says they’ve seen some preliminary findings from the report that will come out by September, and says trainers did not take vital signs of Jordan McNair. This seems fairly huge, but we’ll try to seek some more confirmation on it.
Loh says Maryland admits “legal and moral” responsibility for “mistakes our training staff made” on May 29, the workout where McNair collapsed.
We’re still waiting, but are told the press conference will start soon.
Updates will start here whenever the press conference begins. It’ll be a little hectic, but if you’re unsure of anything or think we wrote something down wrong, get at us on Twitter. That’ll probably be the easiest way for us to see what you have to say while the press conference is going on.
After that concludes, we’ll have more to talk about. Stay tuned.