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Maryland Board of Regents to receive updates on investigations Thursday

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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The University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents will hold a conference call Thursday morning to receive updates on the investigations into both Jordan McNair’s death and the culture of the program.

The meeting will take place two days before Maryland football kicks off its 2018 campaign against Texas at FedEx Field. This one, like the last one, will be closed to the public.

On the agenda of topics to be discussed:

Discussion of personnel matters concerning specific individuals at UMCP.

Discussion with staff and legal counsel regarding a potential lawsuit against a USM institution.

Discussion regarding UMCP Football Investigations

In order to close the doors to what would typically be an open-to-the-public meeting, the Board of Regents must provide a compelling reason. Here’s why the doors will be closed this time around:

To maintain confidentiality with regard to personnel matters at UMCP (§3- 305(b)(1)(i)).

To maintain confidentiality with regard to a discussion concerning potential litigation against a USM institution. (§3-305(b)(8)).

To maintain attorney-client privilege with respect to legal advice of counsel (§3- 305(b)(7)).

The same characters remain since the board’s last meeting: DJ Durkin, Damon Evans and Wallace Loh, as well as athletic trainer Wes Robinson and head of athletic training Steve Nordwall. The lawsuit the McNair family’s lawyer, Billy Murphy, said was “likely” to be filed is seemingly still on the table.

We’ll have updates as information comes out from this story.

In other football news

Maryland released its first depth chart of the season Tuesday afternoon.

There were a few surprises and big takeaways.

Texas coach Tom Herman was asked about Maryland ahead of the game this week. Here’s what he had to say.

Interim Maryland coach Matt Canada answered some questions of his own.

Meanwhile, Ray Leone is making plenty of moves with Maryland women’s soccer’s bench so far this season.

And former Terp Brandon Lowe hit his first MLB home run last night.