Maryland adds more members to group investigating football program
Maryland is taking the investigation into its football program seriously. The Terrapins are so serious, in fact, that the school has added five more notable figures to the group investigating the football program in the aftermath of the training-related death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and a damning ESPN report on a toxic — potentially dangerous — environment inside of Maryland football.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg is reporting that the Maryland board of regents has announced the addition of five more members to the investigative group, a list that includes former Maryland Govenor Robert Ehrlich, a former Terrapins’ All-America basketball player in Tom McMillan, and a former Washington Redskin, Doug Williams:
Maryland’s board of regents announces five additional members of group investigating the football program: Frederick Azar, chief of staff at Campbell Clinic Orthopedics; sports journalist and former Maryland gymnast Bonnie Bernstein; former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich; Tom McMillan, former Maryland All-America basketball player and president/CEO of Lead1 Association; Washington Redskins senior VP and former quarterback Doug Williams.
This investigation is one of two combing through the details of McNair’s death, which came after a conditioning session and was for all intents and purposes wildly mishandled in the way that Maryland’s staff reacted to the initial moments the offensive lineman showed signs of trouble.
There’s a separate investigation being led by Walters Inc, a company hired by Maryland to investigate the protocol that was used in the treatment of McNair, who suffered from heatstroke.
This investigation, on the other-hand, has been put together and controlled by the Maryland board of regents,though it certainly seems as if the investigate group is full of high-quality, high-profile individuals who will seek a fair and honest assessment of what happened.
The names above join people like Benn Legg, who’s a retired judge for the U.S. District Court in Maryland, and former U.S Attorney’s office prosecutor Charlie Scheeler.
Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin was placed on administrative leave shortly after the ESPN report. His fate in regards to the program is still unknown.