The family of Jordan McNair , the Maryland offensive lineman who had died after an offseason workout earlier this year is seeking justice. Billy Murphy, the attorney representing his family has made an appeal to the school to fire the head football coach DJ Durkin, stating that McNair’s death was a obvious case of heatstroke.
He told the Associated Press that Coach Durkin should be fired immediately. His conduct and the conduct of the coaches was reprehensible. They were not prepared to deal with a heatstroke incident.
ESPN recently reported of a “toxic” culture around the Maryland football program. The reports were focused mostly around Durkin and strength & conditioning coach Rick Court. There were allegations that they verbally and mentally abuse the players. There were some specific details related to the day McNair’s was hospitalized after his workout.
McNair had suffered a heat stroke during the workout. He was then taken to a hospital where he eventually died. The reason stated for his death was a heatstroke.
The University of Maryland is already conducting an intense investigation in this case. They have placed coach Dunkin on an administrative leave so that they can conduct a proper investigation and see if the allegations are true.
Damon Evans, the athletic director said in a statement that at this time, it is best for their football program to put Durkin on leave from immediate effect so that the culture of the program can be reviewed properly. Things must have been disturbing after Mc’Nair’s death and the University of Marryland wants to find the exact reason for this. They want to make sure that such incidents are not repeated.
In the ESPN report, Evans had said that he was extremely concerned by allegations of unacceptable behaviors by the members of Maryland football. He said he will give his full support for a proper investigation of the program.
He also emphasized the importance of the safety and well-being of their student-athletes and said that it is their highest priority. He is of the opinion that the alleged behaviors are not consistent with the values that he expects all of their staff to stick to.
Matt Canada is now serving as interim coach for the time being.