UMD Board of Regents takes over investigation in football player’s death

(PHOTO: Baltimore Sun)

ADELPHI, Md. – The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents unanimously voted Friday to assume authority and control over all aspects of the investigation into the death of University of Maryland, College Park student-athlete Jordan McNair.

Separately, the board will assume control over the commission formed to investigate the culture of the UMCP football program. Today’s actions will allow the USM to provide guidance from the findings of the investigations to all system institutions.

These steps are being taken pursuant to its authority and duty under Section 12-104 of the Education Article of the Maryland Code.

The USM will announce additional details about the board’s plans next week.  Each of the two separate reviews will now be managed by the Board of Regents and report findings to the Board of Regents, as well as to UMCP.

The votes were taken during a 4-hour special meeting of the board. The board also asked the Office of the Attorney General to represent UMCP and USM on any and all legal claims related to Mr. McNair’s death.

“Everyone throughout the University System of Maryland was deeply saddened by the death of Jordan McNair,” said USM Board of Regents Chair James Brady.  “Our thoughts continue to be with his family and friends, and with everyone at UMCP, at this very difficult time.”