This is where I write a lede that captures your attention in a way that other websites might not. I make a witty comment, find something that others aren't talking about or give my take. This story doesn't need one of those ledes: The University of Maryland Board of Regents recommended the university retain athletic trainers who failed to treat Jordan McNair before his death.
McNair died on June 13, 15 days after he suffered heat exhaustion during a team workout and was carried off the field by the training staff. There was a 34-minute delay between the first signs of exhaustion and when he was taken off the field. It was 79-minute delay between the onset of symptoms and a 9-1-1 call and a 99-minute delay between the symptoms and his departures in an ambulance.
"There was a failure to identify symptoms and aggressively treat it,” sports medicine consultant Dr. Rod Walters said in addressing findings from an investigation into McNair's death.
On Aug. 10, Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin, two athletic trainers, Steve Nordwall and Wes Robinson, and a strength and conditioning coach, Rick Court, were placed on administrative leave. Four days later, Court resigned.
Following that investigation and another investigation into allegations of player mistreatment, the Board of Regents, among other things, recommended the reinstatement of Nordwall and Robinson, according to The Washington Post. The university has not accepted — nor denied — the recommendation.