University of Maryland “Accepts Responsibility” for heat-related death of Jordan McNair

Posted on Aug 15 2018 - 5:27pm by Richard Walker

University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh said the school “accepts legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes” made by the athletic training staff that led to the heat related death of 19 year old offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who died from a heat stroke.

Rick Court, the assistant athletic director for sports performance, resigned Monday, according to a letter he posted on Twitter, and reached a financial settlement with the university Tuesday.

Loh said he and athletic director Damon Evans visited with McNair’s family in Baltimore earlier Tuesday “to express on behalf of the university our apology for the loss of their son.”

Loh added in a written statement, “They entrusted their son to us, and he did not return home.”

This is yet another subtle reminder that the education of a college athlete is not “free”. The mere fact that Court can simply resign, get a lump sum settlement and drift away quietly from scrutiny is exactly what is wrong with collegiate athletics today. Where is the accountability?

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