Nearly three years after the tragic death of Maryland football offensive lineman Jordan McNair, the state of Maryland finalized a $3.5 million settlement from the University of Maryland to McNair’s parents, Tonya and Marty.
Part of the settlement also includes a partnership between Maryland Athletics and the Jordan McNair Foundation, a non-profit created by McNair’s parents dedicated to educating players, parents and the football community at large on the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and heat-related illnesses.
Other parts of the settlement include the creation of the Jordan M. McNair Award for Courage, which will be awarded to one member of the football each season who “reflects the spirit of McNair by showing great professionalism athletically and academically, dedication to his team, strength in the face of immense adversity, as well as courage and conviction to do the right thing.”
The offensive line room in Cole Field House will also be named in McNair’s honor.
McNair would’ve been set to graduate this year if not for the tragic and unfortunate circumstances contributing to his death in June 2018, but the partnership between the university and the McNair Foundation allows for his legacy to live on forever.
In other news
Maryland men’s basketball fell short in its comeback effort against No. 14 Wisconsin on Wednesday night, losing 61-55 at Xfinity Center.
No. 7 Maryland women’s basketball is back in action following its two-point loss on Monday, playing host to Michigan State at 7 p.m. tonight. Our own Lauren Rosh previewed the matchup.
Maryland men’s basketball wished program legend Lonny Baxter a happy birthday.
3x All-ACC— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) January 27, 2021
2x NCAA Regional MOP
2002 National Champion
Happy Birthday to the great Lonny Baxter! pic.twitter.com/1u6mbj78Yr
Maryland women’s basketball has been the top scoring team in the country this season, thanks in large part to its leading scorer in Ashley Owusu.
Katie Benzan has been one of the most efficient scorers Maryland women’s basketball has had this season, becoming the first player in program history to shoot above 50% field goal shooting, above 50% three-point shooting, and above 90% free throw shooting.
Maryland lacrosse welcomed interim assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Bobby Benson to program.