WATCH: ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho: 'Maryland's apology is not enough'
When Maryland announced a 2 p.m. press conference Tuesday, there was wild speculation on social media that it was being held to announce the firing of coach D.J. Durkin.
The school notably took responsibility for Jordan McNair’s death and fired head strength coach Rick Court, but made no change in Durkin’s status. The Terrapins head coach remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of the school’s investigation. Multiple apologies were also offered during the press conference.
ESPN college football analyst Emmanuel Acho, who played at a Power 5 school himself, said Maryland did not go far enough. The former Texas Longhorn said apologizes don’t cut it when a school has demonstrated negligence in failing to care for a 19-year-old student athlete.
Maryland is making the staff changes in response to the death of McNair, who died of a heatstroke after a May 29 workout. ESPN has reported on the events of that day, establishing an unexplained and unaccounted for 58 minutes between the time McNair reportedly had a seizure and 911 was called. A second, lengthy report outlines a “toxic culture” under Durkin and his staff.
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