Report Finds Faster Response 'Might Have Changed Things' For College Football Player

Review of Jordan McNair’s death reveals U.Md. trainers didn’t follow proper procedures

Review of Jordan McNair’s death reveals U.Md. trainers didn’t follow proper procedures

Dr. Rod Walters, a former college athletic trainer and sports medicine consultant who led the investigation launched by the school following McNair's death, said Friday "there was a failure to identify symptoms and aggressively treat it".

While the future of the University of Maryland's athletic director and head football coach are the topic of speculation, a spokesman points out that the board typically can not get involved in school personnel decisions, aside from the hiring and firing of presidents.

McNair, a freshman offensive lineman, was hospitalized on May 29 after collapsing during a team workout. First, too much time had passed between the onset of McNair's symptoms and when he was taken to the hospital - in all, about 1 hour and 39 minutes.

Loh met with the media after Walters presented his findings.

"We have protocols and policies that are good, but it's not enough that they're good", Maryland president Wallace A. Loh said.

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The trainers explained that they had decided not to place McNair in the facility's cold whirlpools for fear he might drown "because of a concern of the size of the student athlete and the smaller stature of the caregivers".

In a release issued before the news conference began, the university wrote: "We made immediate changes following Jordan's death and have continued to make enhancements informed by the preliminary observations of the external review (by Walters) we received this summer".

Durkin was placed on leave last month after allegations that he engendered a culture of bullying and humiliation.

USA Today reported Brady said the university is awaiting the conclusions of a second independent investigation into Durkin's conduct, before deciding whether to keep him on.

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