Evans said the school has since fired head strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, though since then, multiple reports have said that Court resigned and the two sides reached a financial settlement. That's why Evans should be on administrative leave along with Durkin - it was on their watch - but somebody still has to stick around to clean up this mess.
In addition to Court and Durkin, head football athletic trainer Wes Robinson and director of athletic training Steve Nordwal also were placed on leave in the wake of ESPN's report.
DJ Durkin, the head football coach, was placed on administrative leave August 11, after ESPN reported "allegations of abuse and disparagement in the program" that included "belittling, humiliation and embarrassment of players" and "extreme verbal abuse" and a player who said "he was forced to overeat or eat to the point of vomiting".More news: Trump campaign files arbitration complaint against Omarosa
Maryland athletic director Damon Evans pauses as he speaks at a press conference held on August 14, 2018, to address the school's football program and the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair in College Park, Md.
Loh said he and athletic director Damon Evans had been to Baltimore earlier in the day to meet with McNair's parents.
"The university accepts the legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes that our training staff made on that fateful workout day on May 29, which of course led subsequently to his death", Loh said.
Results from the investigation into McNair's death are expected by mid-September and an attorney for the family, William H. In two seasons at Maryland, his first head-coaching job, Durkin is 10-15. "Our athletic training staff did not take Jordan's temperature and did not apply a cold-water emergence treatment".More news: PGA Championship a roaring success for St. Louis region
The suspensions came as an ESPN report published last week alleged the Maryland Terrapin coaches fostered a toxic and abusive culture for the football players. "You entrusted Jordan to our care and he is never returning home again", he recalled saying to McNair's parents. Loh said. "No vital signs were taken, other safeguard actions that should have been taken were not. We will honor Jordan's life, and we will ensure that a tragedy such as this never happens on our campus again".
"We will not tolerate any behavior from any employee within Maryland athletics that is detrimental to the mental or physical being of our student-athletes", Evans said. "We must have complete confidence that our student athletes are treated with dignity and respect and that they are supervised and coached responsibly".
Loh announced the formation of a commission "to conduct a full and expeditious review of the reported allegations of the conduct of the football staff and of the football program climate". And that ultimately the athletic training staff "basically misdiagnosed the situation".More news: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina First-Look Photos Released By Netflix