Maryland athletics completed its investigation into the “procedures and protocols” as they concern the tragic death for Terrapins football player Jordan McNair earlier this year. We have some news on the status of head coach DJ Durkin as well.
The findings were released about 20 minutes ago, and Dr. Rod Walters, an outside sports medicine consultant, is currently speaking to the media about his findings during the investigation.
One of the major takeaways from the findings: Maryland has been found culpable for McNair’s death.
BREAKING: Independent investigation finds University of Maryland culpable in death of Terrapins football player Jordan McNair
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) September 21, 2018
DJ Durkin’s status is still up in the air, however.
Maryland head coach DJ Durkin remains on administrative leave, as further investigations are conducted.
A second external investigation is being done that will likely lead to a decision on Durkin. That will dig into the culture within the Maryland football program, one that an exhaustive ESPN article called “toxic” earlier this year.
Former players and coaches were quoted in that piece about some controversial things that went on within the Terrapins program, and strength coach Rick Court, a central figure, has already reached a settlement to leave the school.
Others have said that the allegations of a “toxic culture” in College Park have been overblown.
No personnel decisions at Maryland will be made by the board until after the second external investigation — the one that will look into the program's culture — is complete.
— Emily Giambalvo (@EmilyGiam) September 21, 2018
Walters confirmed that Durkin was on the field during the workout from which McNair was hospitalized. He was not involved in McNair’s treatment at all.
Durkin was put on leave on August 11, with offensive coordinator Matt Canada taking over as interim head coach. It is unclear if there is a timeline set for the second investigation.