COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Some University of Maryland students preparing for a new semester admit that a few weeks ago they didn’t know who Jordan McNair was.
It’s safe to assume those rooting on the Terrapins this fall won’t soon forget the 19-year-old who collapsed during football practice in May and died a few weeks later.
“I personally didn’t receive an email about [McNair’s death] until two months later and that really upset me,” said Andrew Stag, a Maryland student entering nearing three years on campus.
Stag is glad to hear that his former teammates will honor McNair in a variety of ways this year and beyond.
Players announced Monday a football athletic scholarship will honor McNair. There will also be a room at Cole Field House named after him. McNair’s locker will be sealed in glass and players will wear a sticker on their helmets with his number throughout the season.
Fans will be asked to observe a moment of silence before the Texas and Temple games this year.
McNair’s family will also be asked to be a part of Senior Day honors in a few years with no player wearing #79 until McNair would have graduated.
All of this comes as the university is in the middle of two separate investigations tied to McNair’s death. The first is looking into his death and what kind of training practices were used by the team.
The other is looking into the conduct of coaches on the team and allegations of bullying. It has led to the suspension of Head Coach DJ Durkin. Durkin's former strength and conditioning coach Rick Court has already parted ways with the school and other coaches remain on leave with Durkin.
The state university system's Board of Regents announced last week that it will oversee both investigations.