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Report: Terps' Jordan McNair Showed 'Extreme Exhaustion' During Workout

August 11, 2018
Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who died June 13, "showed signs of extreme exhaustion" during what would be his final workout May 29, according to an ESPN report.

The report, authored by Heather Dinich, detailed the series of events leading to McNair's hospitalization. McNair suffered heatstroke during the workout and had a body temperature of 106 degrees at a hospital following the workout, according to ESPN.

On June 14, then-interim athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was taken to Gossett Team House for treatment after he struggled to complete a series of 110-yard sprints.

"Our staff noticed [McNair] was having difficulties," Evans said. "They immediately went to Jordan, began supporting active recovery and transported him into the Team House for further evaluation and continued care, and as I stated before, out of respect and confidentiality for the parents and the family, those are the details I can provide at this time."

A second report from ESPN Aug. 10 detailed a "toxic coaching culture under head coach DJ Durkin" before McNair's death. The report -- written by Adam Rittenberg, Tom VanHaaren and Dinich -- includes the perspective of former staffers, former players and current players about the culture built by Durkin and strength and conditioning coach Rick Court.

Maryland hired Walters Inc. to investigate McNair's death, Evans announced June 14. Maryland released the following statement Aug. 10, which included an announcement that the school placed staffers within the athletic department on leave; the school declined to specify whom or how many.

"Following the death of Maryland football player Jordan McNair in June, the University of Maryland commissioned an external review of the procedures and protocols surrounding athletes' health and safety," the school's statement reads. "Pending the final outcome of this review, the university has placed members of the Athletics staff on administrative leave. We will be able to speak in greater detail when the review is complete and shared with the public. Our thoughts remain with Jordan McNair's family, friends and teammates."

Update: Maryland strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, head football athletic trainer Wes Robinson and director of athletic training Steve Nordwall were placed on administrative leave, according to ESPN.

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