The University System of Maryland Board of Regents held a press conference on Friday, Sept. 21 to announce the findings from the investigation into Jordan McNair’s death.
The Board is scheduled to brief the media from the campus at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. Below, find the press conference in its entirety and some brief notes from it.
Maryland football press conference live stream
From the Big Ten Network:
Live: Press conference from Maryland concerning the findings of the investigation into the death of Jordan McNair. https://t.co/lWvCyOHFIL— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 21, 2018
Live updates from Maryland’s Board of Regents press conference
When things get started, we’ll post some updates down here. Once the press conference ends, we’ll drop some links to the newsiest things from it.
Not a whole lot of specifics near the end. We’ll have more updates shortly.
Walters says McNair was not put in a cold tub because, essentially, he was too big and there was worry that staff members would not be able to properly do that. Whether it was just because he was too big or because Maryland did not have the proper equipment is unclear.
Walters says six total Maryland football players were interviewed as part of this investigation, along with the strength and coaching staffs. We’ll certainly look more into this fact, because only talking to six players seems, well, concerning.
McNair passed first seven sprints. Teammates "ran with him" for final sprint, but did not carry him, Walters said.— Andy Kostka (@afkostka) September 21, 2018
Walters said Jordan McNair had an "atypical presentation of a heat stroke."— Emily Giambalvo (@EmilyGiam) September 21, 2018
"You just wouldn't think heat stroke when you run 10 110s, but that's what happened."
The Board of Regents will wait until the conclusion of the investigation into Maryland football's culture before making any personnel decisions.— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) September 21, 2018
Dr. Walters says it took Maryland 34 minutes to remove Jordan McNair from the field and 1 hour 7 minutes to call 911.— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) September 21, 2018
McNair was treated with cold towels in Gosset but not cold-water immersion.— James Crabtree-Hannigan (@JamesCrabtreeH) September 21, 2018
Trainer Wes Robinson told Walters that the staff did not use a cold whirlpool to cool McNair because of a fear of drowning due to the size of McNair and the "smaller stature" of the trainers.
The press conference has started. Updates above.
While we wait, some pertinent information:
- The McNair family saw the report Thursday night, and it doesn’t look like DJ Durkin is going down as part of *this particular report* (keep scrolling pls).
I'm at Towson University this a.m. to hear the findings of the Walters Inc. investigation into the death of Jordan McNair. Confirmed this a.m. the family attorneys received the report late last night. President Wallace D. Loh is here. Not expecting any news re: Durkin status.— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) September 21, 2018
- There’s still one investigation going. That’s into the culture problems alleged in ESPN’s story in mid-August, which you’ve likely heard of if you care enough to a). click on the post and b). still be reading this post all the way near the bottom. Read about that investigation here.
- There’s still SO much we don’t know. We have more about that at this blog post here.