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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Maryland Terrapins have placed two athletic trainers and a strength coach on leave following an investigation into a player’s death. According to an ESPN report Saturday morning, offensive lineman Jordan McNair had signs of “extreme exhaustion” while the staff did nothing.

“Pending the final outcome of this review, the university has placed members of the athletics staff on administrative leave,” the statement said. “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.”

Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin had one of his freshman players die

Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin saw two athletic trainers and a strength coach put on paid leave (Getty Images)

The 19-year-old McNair collapsed during an outdoor workout on May 29th. Then, two weeks later, he died.

ESPN’s Heather Dinich reports that he also had a 106 degree temperature. McNair allegedly, according to the report, had trouble running 110-yard sprints and standing up.

ESPN is reporting through its investigation that McNair died from heat stroke. However, no official cause of death was made public in the case. Yet, his parents also believe he died from heat stroke.

Dr. Rod Walters, who has been hired by the university to conduct an investigation into what happened, is expected to release his findings on September 15th. McNair’s parents have also hired a lawyer to investigate what happened, as well.

His parents may file a lawsuit against the school because of the upcoming completion of the investigation.

This investigation could cause people to lose their job in the long run.

While the investigation continues, Head Coach D.J. Durkin is attempting to lead the program forward. Durkin is entering his third season leading the team.

Durkin said on The Big Ten Network that McNair’s death was a great loss for the program.

“Every guy is at a different stage of a grieving process, and we are as a team,” he said. “So the one thing we’ve done here through camp, and we said this and we’ve done it, we’re going to talk about it. It’s OK to talk about it. We’re not going to just ignore it and pretend we’re going to move on. We’re going to talk about it. So we have guys get up and talk to the team at night, and that’s been brought up quite a bit.

“Pending the final outcome of this review, the university has placed members of the athletics staff on administrative leave,” the statement said. “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.”

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