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.
SOURCE: Maryland strength coach Rick Court reached a financial settlement with the university. He resigned yesterday and a settlement was finalized today.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 14, 2018
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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