Maryland’s Board of Regents on Tuesday reportedly recommended to the school that, in addition to retaining football coach DJ Durkin, it reinstate assistant athletic director of athletic training Steve Nordwall and head football trainer Wes Robinson — people deemed most at fault in the death of Jordan McNair.
Nordwall and Robinson have been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 10 as part of the fallout from McNair’s death. Failure of trainers to properly diagnose McNair’s heatstroke during a May 29 workout — or treat it on the scene — contributed to his death 15 days later on June 13, as detailed in an independent report from consulting firm Walters Inc. One of the trainers reportedly yelled “drag his ass across the field.”
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While Maryland has not followed the board’s recommendation to retain the trainers, per a report from The Washington Post, the regents’ suggestion casts further doubt over the decision-making in College Park. University president Wallace Loh initially heeded the board’s recommendation to retain Durkin, but widespread public outcry — including from the student body, football players and Maryland politicians — caused the university to part ways on Wednesday.
It’s unclear why the regents recommended keeping those trainers at the program.
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