The last week in College Park, Maryland has been one filled heartbreak and sadness. Jordan McNair, a 19-year-old University of Maryland sophomore offensive lineman, died Wednesday June 13th.
McNair was hospitalized on May 29th after an organized team workout. According to a GoFundMe page called “Jordan McNair’s family support fund” the offensive lineman was “airlifted to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma center in Baltimore, Maryland” where he received a liver transplant.
Neither the school nor the family has provided the exact cause of death for McNair at this time. This is one of the first major events acting athletic director Damon Evans will be involved. Evans said in a Thursday press conference that the athletic department is conducting an external review into the death.
Coming off an injury-ridden 4-8 record 2017 football season, Maryland football was preparing to improve for the 2018 season. With games against Texas, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Penn State, the Terrapins were looking to have a winning record in their fifth season in the Big Ten.
Head Coach DJ Durkin will be occupied with the investigation of McNair’s death while preparing for Maryland’s tough 2018 schedule. Maryland football kicks off their 2018 campaign against Texas at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.