Maryland's Board of Regents assumes control of McNair investigation

Maryland regents take over football investigations

Maryland regents take over football investigations

Maryland's Board of Regents unanimously voted Friday to take full control of the investigation into the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.

McNair fell ill during a team workout May 29 and died June 13.

A separate investigation is being conducted to examine allegations that emerged in a recent ESPN report of a toxic culture within the football program, including strong accusations against head coach DJ Durkin and strength and conditioning coach Rick Court. "We must thoroughly investigate the death of student-athlete Jordan McNair and understand the allegations of the culture of our football program so that we can ensure the health and well-being of every one of our student-athletes". Also among the four is former prosecutor of the U.S. Attorney's Office for Maryland Charlie Scheeler, who has worked on cases involving steroids in Major League Baseball and Penn State's compliance with athletics integrity. The yet-to-be announced fourth person is a "retired and respected" coach and athletic administrator from outside the university, Loh said Tuesday.

In this same statement, Maryland's university system said it would announce more details about the board's plans in the coming week. Both reviews will be managed by the board, and any findings will be reported to the board and the university in College Park (UMCP).

A special four-hour meeting was held at 10 a.m. Friday in Baltimore, where the board also asked the office of the attorney general to represent Maryland on "any and all legal claims related to Mr. McNair's death". "Our thoughts continue to be with his family and friends, and with everyone at UMCP, at this very hard time".

Billy Murphy, the McNair family's attorney, has said previously that a lawsuit "likely" will be filed against the university.

In a statement, Loh said, "We welcome the oversight of the Board of Regents at this critical time".

The Board of Regents will now oversee the investigations into McNair's death and the program at large. "We will continue to honor Jordan's life, and we will work with our Board of Regents to ensure that a tragedy like this never happens again".

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