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Maryland's strength and conditioning coach Rick Court resigns after the death of Jordan McNair

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Maryland's strength and conditioning coach Rick Court resigns after the death of Jordan McNair

On Tuesday during a press conference, the University of Maryland announced the removal of head strength and conditioning coach Rick Court.

This announcement comes in the wake of disturbing details leading up to, and including, the death of football player Jordan McNair.

It was also revealed that head football coach D.J. Durkin remains on administrative leave according to athletic director Damon Evans.  

Prior to this announcement, Court resigned and reached a settlement with the university.

During the press conference, university president Wallace Loh also stated that the university would take responsibility for McNair's death.

"The university accepts legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes that our training staff made on that fateful workout day of May 29, which of course led subsequently to his death," Loh said.

"Some of the actions of our athletic training staff, not the coaching staff, the athletic training staff, they basically misdiagnosed the situation. No vital signs were taken, other safeguard actions that should have been taken were not.”

McNair's died as the result of a heat stroke that occurred during the aforementioned workout. Collapsing on the field due to exhaustion, the 19-year-old suffered a seizure and the authorities were not contacted for nearly an hour. McNair would pass two weeks later.

Not much information on the internal investigation was released by the school up until the latest report from ESPN this past Friday. In this report, ESPN detailed a “toxic culture” that ultimately led to the death of the young football player. Court was at the center of these remarks and was given a lot of the blame for what happened.

After the allegations on Friday, Maryland put Durkin on leave due to "allegations of inappropriate behavior" along with other staffers that included Court. 

Matt Canada is currently the interim head coach of the Terps in his first season with the team. Canada was named Durkin's offensive coordinator this season after being fired from the same position at LSU. 

Maryland kicks off their football season in less than three weeks, hosting Texas on September 1. 

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Maryland signs four-star DeMatha safety Nick Cross

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Maryland signs four-star DeMatha safety Nick Cross

Terps head coach Mike Lockley’s "DMV to UMD" movement keeps growing stronger: DeMatha Catholic High School safety Nick Cross decommitted from Florida State to sign with the Terps, the school announced on Tuesday.

Cross, a four-star recruit, clocked a 40 in 4.48 seconds.

He verbally committed to the Seminoles in September and had offers from 34 schools, including Notre Dame, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. He officially visited Florida State, Florida, Auburn,  Alabama and Penn State, and unofficially toured Georgia Tech. 

Locksley was Cross’ main recruiter at Alabama when he officially visited in June back when Locksley was still the Tide’s offensive coordinator. He was a familiar face with an established relationship when Cross came to College Park, just a few miles down Route 1 from DeMatha. 

247Sports ranked Cross the nation’s fourth best safety and No. 50 recruit overall. 

The All-American is joining 10 DeMatha alumni returning to Locksley’s team. All were coached by DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks who just became Maryland’s running backs coach.

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Maryland football player hospitalized after falling sick during team workout

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Maryland football player hospitalized after falling sick during team workout

A University of Maryland football player, who got sick during a team workout on Tuesday afternoon, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore as a precaution after he got sick during a team workout, as first reported by the Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus. 

Raymond Boone, a defensive back from Greenbelt, Tweeted about his to his hospital departure on Wednesday: 

“A student-athlete was transported to the hospital for precautionary measures during an afternoon workout on Tuesday, February 5th,” Jennings wrote in a statement first obtained by the Sun. “The student was accompanied to the hospital by our medical training staff and team physician, and was released the following day.”

This incident occurred 11 months after Jordan McNair died two weeks after suffering a heat stroke during a team conditioning test on May 29. Since this event, former head coach D.J. Durkin was fired in November, the day following his reinstatement after McNair’s death. Current head coach Michael Locksley was hired in December.

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