Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who died Wednesday, was hospitalized on May 29 after recovering from an "organized workout" of conditioning coaches.
This information was provided by Maryland executive sports director Damon Evans in a Thursday press conference at College Park. Evans declined to disclose what made McNair struggling to recover from a series of 110-yard sprints, and also declined to share the cause of McNair's death, citing confidentiality and respect for McNair's family , McNair, a Randallstown, Md. Native who attended McDonogh School, was 19 years old.
"We understand and realize that when a young person, especially an athlete, has a premature and unexpected death, there are a lot of questions," Evans said. "I want you to know that these situations are unexpected and that we are not part of what we do every day, and as you may expect, we've been investigating this situation since Jordan was hospitalized."
Evans was DJ's by Maryland's football coach Durkin, thinking about McNair for two minutes, and Frank Henn, a team doctor who answered no questions. Evans said, "We are here to provide as much detail as possible," though many circumstances surrounding McNair's death remain unclear.
On May 29, Evans said Maryland players gathered for a scheduled, supervised workout around 4:15 pm. on the practice fields of Terrapins. The training was supervised by the team's strength and condition staff, and certified sports coaches were "everywhere present," Evans said. All eligible football players participated in the training. The coaches noted that McNair had difficulty recovering from an exercise – later described by Evans as a "basic conditioning activity" with 10 110-yard sprints – and began "supporting active recovery and providing necessary care". Evans said McNair had finished all 10 of them sprints at "about" 80-degree weather and that each player was provided a "gallon of water earlier this morning to make sure they are fully hydrated."
Evans could not confirm how long it took for coach McNair to struggle to recover. McNair was soon assisted on a Gator Utility Vehicle and moved into an exercise room in Maryland's football facility, and "at that time, medical personnel were called and 9-1-1 was chosen." Emergency medical services arrived shortly thereafter and he was transferred to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore at around 6 pm
McNair was in the hospital for 15 days and eventually received a liver transplant before his death was announced on Wednesday.
"My heart is broken because we are all sitting here at this press conference," Durkin said after 20 seconds of silence, his eyes watering with tears. Durkin then took long breaks while talking about McNair. "It's not reasonable for a 19-year-old to die, it's not sensible that a family and parents … his parents, Marty and Tonya, should ever have to go through this." Jordan was such a huge person, as tall as he is his heart was much bigger. "
Evans said that an external review of the situation with" external voters "is under way, but he declined to say who or what organization is performing it. Evans also did not talk about what is going to be revised at the time, but he said that Maryland "[the review] will do in a cautious manner and make sure it's not in a hurry, it's one that's going well is done. " 19659011] McNair played in a Maryland game last season, made his college debut against Towson and joined the Terrapins as a four-star recruit in the 2017 class.
"The smart thing to do right thing when a situation like this arises is to do a review," Evans said. "To make sure that the right protocols are respected, we think it's important to involve an outside group to conduct the review."
"We started this discussion process from the moment Jordan was hospitalized and we started will have a team that will give us the feedback we need so we can continue. "