The death of Maryland football player Jordan McNair has sent shockwaves through the university community. When McNair suffered heatstroke at a team workout in May, the training staff failed to administer proper treatment. He was eventually airlifted to a hospital, where he died two weeks later.

The university has admitted culpability in McNair’s death, and the University System of Maryland Board of Regents is overseeing two investigations that have resulted from it. One staff member has resigned, and three others — including head coach DJ Durkin — are on administrative leave. Meanwhile, McNair’s family is considering a lawsuit against the university.

Below is The Diamondback’s complete coverage of McNair’s death and its fallout.

Last updated: April 4, 2019


UMD announces sports medicine review board, as recommended in Jordan McNair report

The board will be led by Rod Walters, who investigated the circumstances surrounding McNair’s death.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published April 4, 2019


When NFL teams interview Maryland football prospects, they’re asking about Jordan McNair

“If you’re able to [persevere] in an environment like that, imagine what you’re able to do in a stable and consistent place.”

By Andy Kostka | Published March 28, 2019


UMD panel discusses Jordan McNair investigation, need for ethics education

“We have a moral obligation to teach ethics.”

By Freelance Reporter | Published March 7, 2019


UMD has enacted most recommendations after Jordan McNair’s death, committee says

The university said it has accomplished 18 of 20 pieces of guidance from the report looking into his death.

By Arya Hodjat | Published March 7, 2019


Maryland football coach Mike Locksley helps students at Jordan McNair Chipotle fundraiser

Chipotle donated 33 percent of all sales from 5 to 9 p.m. to the Jordan McNair Foundation.

By Harrison Cann | Published Feb. 26, 2019


UMD is creating another panel to monitor implementation of football report recommendations

One of the people Loh said would be on it, David Williams II, died Feb. 8.

By Jeff Barnes | Published Feb. 25, 2019


Ellis McKennie says he was barred from promoting Jordan McNair Foundation fundraiser

McKennie later tweeted an “NCAA approved” flyer for the fundraiser.

By Mary Dimitrov | Published Feb. 23, 2019


Despite heavy redaction, surveillance videos provide insight into Jordan McNair’s final workout

The university released the footage hours before closing for winter break.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan and Andy Kostka | Published Dec. 21, 2018


Report: Former Maryland football coach DJ Durkin now working at Alabama

Durkin is aiding the Crimson Tide “in a consultant-like capacity.”

By Andy Kostka | Published Dec. 13, 2018


Off-field turmoil defined Maryland football’s season as much as on-field performance

After Jordan McNair’s death, his teammates remembered him during a 5-7 campaign.

By Andy Kostka | Published Dec. 6, 2018


UMD panel draws parallels between 1968 campus protests and Jordan McNair rally

The rally “catalyzed” the student body, one panelist said.

By Iris Vukmanovic | Published Nov. 16, 2018


Here’s what would need to happen to make UMD’s student athletics fee opt-in

Student groups are calling for the change after athletic department turbulence.

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Nov. 14, 2018


“That’s behind us”: UMD President Wallace Loh wants to move past the last two weeks

They were filled with personnel changes, rallies and turmoil.

By Leah Brennan | Published Nov. 12, 2018


From band members to tour guides, UMD students weigh supporting a school in crisis

After investigations into UMD’s football culture and a player’s death, these students address supporting their school when it’s part of their job.

By Mary Dimitrov | Published Nov. 9, 2018


An LGBTQ advocate at UMD wants Title IX to investigate the football program

A report on the team revealed a coach frequently hurled homophobic and sexist insults at players.

By Angela Roberts | Published Nov. 9, 2018


DJ Durkin’s firing allowed Maryland football to return to its new normal

It’s been Matt Canada’s program — at least in name — for months.

By Andy Kostka | Published Nov. 9, 2018


New chairwoman apologizes for Board of Regents’ decisions on Maryland football scandal

Linda Gooden was elected the board’s chair on Wednesday.

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Nov. 7, 2018


After 5 months, UMD parts ways with trainers who failed to properly treat Jordan McNair

Steve Nordwall and Wes Robinson are no longer employed by the university.

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Nov. 7, 2018


GSG: DJ Durkin should donate part of his contract buyout to UMD’s Title IX office

Because the university fired Durkin without cause, it owes him more than $5 million.

By Angela Roberts | Published Nov. 6, 2018


Disillusioned with UMD’s leadership, 24 student groups rally to “Fire the Liars”

The protest fired back at the SGA, which held a rally to support student-athletes and pushed game attendance.

By Arya Hodjat | Published Nov. 6, 2018


UMD Senate: Board of Regents “grossly exceeded its authority” by pushing for DJ Durkin to stay

The senate took issue with the board’s “overreach and violation of basic principles of higher education.”

By Grace Mottley | Published Nov. 4, 2018


At “Justice for Jordan” rally, UMD student groups clash over football support

The rally exposed a rift between student groups.

By Jillian Atelsek | Published Nov. 2, 2018


UMD Police are investigating Tuesday’s fight between two football players

There are conflicting reports on whether the fight was about DJ Durkin.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Nov. 2, 2018


James Brady resigns as Board of Regents chair amid Maryland football scandal

Brady and the board had come under fire for supporting head football coach DJ Durkin.

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Nov. 1, 2018


UMD’s accreditation is under review in the wake of football scandals

The university’s accreditation was last reaffirmed in 2017.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Nov. 1, 2018


Report: Board of Regents recommended UMD keep trainers that botched Jordan McNair’s treatment

Steve Nordwall and Wes Robinson have been on administrative leave since August.

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Nov. 1, 2018


McNair family’s lawyer calls for firing of Regents chairman and for Wallace Loh to remain president

Billy Murphy said Chairman James Brady is “a remaining impediment for justice.”

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Nov. 1, 2018


UMD’s Provost and Deans slam Board of Regents, call for President Wallace Loh to reconsider retirement

The letter expressed “dismay and deep concern” after Loh’s “forced retirement.”

By Jillian Atelsek | Published Nov. 1, 2018


Fight at Maryland football practice wasn’t about Durkin, lasted ‘a few seconds,’ per source

There have been conflicting accounts about the altercation between punters Wade Lees and Matt Barber.

By Andy Kostka | Published Nov. 1, 2018


“A roller-coaster”: Maryland football reacts to DJ Durkin’s return, firing

“The right decision was made for justice for Jordan and for everything to be easier for us as players.”

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Nov. 1, 2018


“I can’t believe it took them this long”: UMD students react to DJ Durkin’s firing

Durkin’s reinstatement lasted barely a day.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Nov. 1, 2018


After football scandal, UMD’s SGA wants student athletic fee to be opt-in

The SGA rescinded its resolution calling for DJ Durkin’s firing after he was fired.

By Victoria Ebner | Published Nov. 1, 2018


Maryland fires coach DJ Durkin, one day after Board of Regents recommended he stay

Durkin was reinstated as coach Tuesday.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Oct. 31, 2018


Maryland lawmakers will have a hearing for Board of Regents after DJ Durkin’s reinstatement

The decision to reinstate Durkin was met with widespread criticism.

By Christine Condon | Published Oct. 31, 2018


UMD SGA to propose resolution calling for DJ Durkin to be fired

After Durkin was reinstated, the SGA held an executive meeting to discuss next steps.

By Victoria Ebner | Published Oct. 31, 2018


Maryland football players speak out on Twitter about DJ Durkin decision

“A paycheck was chosen over [Jordan McNair’s] life.”

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 31, 2018


DJ Durkin’s coaching potential and personal testimony won over Maryland’s Board of Regents

Durkin had been on administrative leave since August.

By Arya Hodjat and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 31, 2018


“How many more kids have to die?”: UMD students react to Durkin’s return, Loh’s retirement

DJ Durkin was reinstated as the Terps’ coach Tuesday.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Oct. 31, 2018


A week before midterms, Maryland politicians weigh in on UMD football fallout

Gov. Larry Hogan expressed some doubts about the decision to reinstate DJ Durkin.

By Hannah Himes | Published Oct. 31, 2018


UMD President Wallace Loh is retiring. Here’s a look at his eight-year tenure.

Loh announced he will step down next year.

By Leah Brennan | Published Oct. 31, 2018


DJ Durkin is back as Maryland football coach, will be on sideline Saturday vs. Michigan State

Matt Canada went 5-3 in Durkin’s absence.

By Arya Hodjat and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 30, 2018


Jordan McNair’s parents: Keeping DJ Durkin, Damon Evans is like being “punched in the stomach”

Marty McNair and Tonya Wilson spoke at a press conference after the Board of Regents recommended Durkin and Evans continue in their positions.

By Andy Kostka and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 30, 2018


UMD’s DJ Durkin, Damon Evans will keep jobs; Wallace Loh to retire in June

The Board of Regents announced the decision Tuesday.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 30, 2018


Maryland football investigation: Team training staff lacked oversight, accountability

Because of confusion within the athletic department, much of the football training staff was acting unsupervised.

By Arya Hodjat and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Oct. 26, 2018


UMD President Wallace Loh confirms he got an anonymous email about football program abuse

Loh denied receiving a hand-delivered letter.

By Leah Brennan | Published Oct. 4, 2018


UMD President Wallace Loh: “I had never ever” heard claims of abusive football culture

Loh spoke at a University Senate meeting Tuesday.

By Grace Mottley | Published Oct. 2, 2018


Despite mounting evidence, top boosters stand by Maryland football’s DJ Durkin

The embattled Terps coach remains on leave after reports of abuse in the program.

By Andy Kostka | Published Oct. 1, 2018


More players and parents detail Maryland football’s culture under “psychopath” DJ Durkin

But some players maintain that the environment was appropriate.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Sept. 30, 2018


Analyzing the timeline of Jordan McNair’s final workout

Dr. Rod Walters’ report shed light on the workout where McNair suffered heatstroke.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Sept. 30, 2018


At SGA town hall, UMD students question AD Damon Evans about Jordan McNair’s death

The event, co-hosted by Maryland Discourse, also asked about player safety and head coach DJ Durkin.

By Freelance Reporter | Published Sept. 28, 2018


PG County state’s attorney could press charges after Jordan McNair report

Prosecutors want an unredacted version of the report.

By Andy Kostka | Published Sept. 24, 2018


UMD President Wallace Loh defends athletic department policies after Jordan McNair report

Loh highlighted the changes that have been made in the wake of McNair’s death.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Sept. 21, 2018


Report lays out failures of UMD’s training staff that led to Jordan McNair’s death

The report was released Friday after the USM Board of Regents reviewed its findings.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Sept. 21, 2018


UMD AD Damon Evans says there’s no “no athletic video” of Jordan McNair’s final workout

Evans spoke at an SGA forum Wednesday night.

By Julia Rosier | Published Sept. 20, 2018


After Jordan McNair’s death, Maryland football’s players have stuck together

Maryland Stadium now has No. 79 on its turf in three places.

By Andy Kostka | Published Sept. 14, 2018


Findings of Jordan McNair investigation will be released Sept. 21

The Board of Regents has taken over both investigations, but one is still ongoing.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Sept. 12, 2018


UMD Senate committee will review results of Jordan McNair investigation

They also plan to give recommendations to university President Wallace Loh.

By Grace Mottley | Published Sept. 6, 2018


Watch: Maryland football uses 10 players on first play to honor Jordan McNair

The Longhorns declined the penalty.

By Ryan Romano | Published Sept. 1, 2018


Top Maryland athletics donors show support for DJ Durkin in letter to Board of Regents

“We want the Board to know what a gem they have in DJ Durkin.”

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Aug. 30, 2018


Maryland Senate President: UMD is “hopelessly outgunned” in athletics scandal

Thomas V. Mike Miller criticized university leadership’s handling of football scandals.

By Hannah Himes | Published Aug. 30, 2018


Amid athletics scandals, UMD students ponder how to show school pride

Students returned to campus to find the athletic department in turmoil.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Aug. 26, 2018


Former governor, NFL quarterback, congressman all added to commission on Maryland football

The Board of Regents has added five new members to the commission.

By Christine Condon and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Aug. 24, 2018


“We plan to never forget:” Maryland football will pay tribute to Jordan McNair this season

No player will wear McNair’s No. 79 until 2020, the year he would have graduated.

By Andy Kostka | Published Aug. 20, 2018


USM Board of Regents will take control of investigation into Jordan McNair’s death

The board will also assume control of the investigation into claims of abuse in the football program.

By Diamondback Staff | Published Aug. 17, 2018


Jordan McNair’s father: DJ Durkin shouldn’t be allowed to coach again

“He shouldn’t be able to work with anybody else’s kid.”

By Jordan Katz | Published Aug. 17, 2018


Report: President Wallace Loh quashed 2017 plan to overhaul UMD sports medicine policies

The proposal was a year before Jordan McNair wasn’t properly treated for heatstroke at a football team workout.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Aug. 16, 2018


USM Board of Regents will meet Friday to discuss fallout from Jordan McNair’s death

The board sets policy for the University System of Maryland’s 12 institutions.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Aug. 16, 2018


At Maryland’s first open practice since Jordan McNair’s death, player safety was the focus

“Our players’ health and safety is No. 1,” interim coach Matt Canada said.

By Andy Kostka | Published Aug. 15, 2018


UMD announces task force investigating reports of abuse in football program

The four-person task force will consist of two retired judges, a former federal prosecutor and a yet-to-be-named former coach and athletic director.

By Andy Kostka | Published Aug. 14, 2018


Maryland accepts “legal and moral” responsibility in Jordan McNair’s death

University President Wallace Loh said the team’s athletic training staff “basically misdiagnosed the situation.”

By Andy Kostka | Published Aug. 14, 2018


UMD parts ways with strength and conditioning coach Rick Court after reports of abuse

Court was one of DJ Durkin’s first hires.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Aug. 14, 2018


Medical records contradict UMD’s timeline of events leading to Jordan McNair’s death, per report

Exactly when McNair suffered a seizure has been a point of contention.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Aug. 13, 2018



Lawyers for Jordan McNair’s family call for UMD to fire DJ Durkin immediately

The family’s attorneys also called for the release of footage of McNair’s final workout.

By Grace Mottley | Published Aug. 12, 2018


Maryland football coach DJ Durkin placed on leave after reports of abusive culture

Offensive coordinator Matt Canada will serve as interim head coach.

By Arya Hodjat and James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Aug. 11, 2018


Three Maryland football staffers placed on leave after reports of “toxic” environment

An ESPN report on Friday outlined a culture of abuse in the Maryland football program under DJ Durkin.

By Arya Hodjat | Published Aug. 11, 2018


Maryland football’s culture under DJ Durkin has been abusive to players, ESPN report says

The report details a pattern of abuse from Durkin, along with close confidant Rick Court.

By Arya Hodjat | Published Aug. 10, 2018


Report: Jordan McNair needed help standing at workout where he suffered fatal heatstroke

One player told ESPN that McNair was “flopping all around” during the workout.

By Arya Hodjat | Published Aug. 10, 2018


UMD’s deal for investigation of Jordan McNair’s death caps payment at 96 hours of work

The ceiling of the contract can be raised only if both sides agree to it.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Aug. 5, 2018


The workout where Jordan McNair collapsed was Maryland football’s first of the summer

McNair had trouble recovering from a set of 10 110-yard sprints.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published Aug. 4, 2018


DJ Durkin says he’s confident in Maryland football’s safety procedures

Durkin said some policies have changed since Jordan McNair’s death in June.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published July 25, 2018


Jordan McNair’s family hires law firm that represented Freddie Gray’s family

Billy Murphy, the firm’s founder, said the family is currently weighing its options.

By Arya Hodjat | Published July 20, 2018


911 records indicate medics didn’t recognize severity of Jordan McNair’s condition

Reports say McNair died from heatstroke, which medical professionals say is fatal only when not properly treated.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published July 19, 2018


Jordan McNair’s parents create scholarship fund, educational programming for athletes

The Jordan McNair Foundation will sponsor a training facility in downtown Baltimore

By Christine Condon | Published July 17, 2018


Jordan McNair died of heatstroke suffered at Maryland team workout

McNair’s family has started a foundation for heatstroke awareness in his name.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published July 16, 2018


UMD reveals more information on Jordan McNair’s death, ongoing investigation

The university said coach DJ Durkin was at the May 29 practice where McNair collapsed.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published July 13, 2018


UMD hires sports medicine consulting group to investigate Jordan McNair’s death


The investigation will begin by the end of the week.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published June 19, 2018


“A deep loss”: Friends and family remember Maryland football’s Jordan McNair

He loved music, Marvel, The Office and trips to the zoo.

By Jillian Atelsek | Published June 15, 2018


Maryland athletic department releases details about football player Jordan McNair’s death

The university is conducting an external review into what led to McNair’s death following a team workout.

By Arya Hodjat | Published June 14, 2018


Maryland football’s Jordan McNair dies after collapsing during team workout

McNair was 19.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published June 13, 2018


Maryland football offensive lineman Jordan McNair hospitalized after team workout

McNair played in one game as a freshman in 2017.

By James Crabtree-Hannigan | Published June 4, 2018