Jordan McNair’s father Marty stood in front of the Gossett Football Team House on Maryland’s campus and answered questions about the university’s decision to shoot the main football coach DJ Durkin.
McNair stood just meters away from telescopes placed in No. 79 to honor his son, who died of a heat stroke on June 13th.
The lights, established after Jordan’s death and for a long time burned out, were a reminder of how long this process has taken for the McNair family and what Marty and Jordan’s mother, Tonya Wilson, have undergone emotionally. To find out that Durkin was originally supposed to be on Tuesday, McNair said he felt as if he was stuck in the stomach and the Maryland System Board of Regents shattered his face.
Now that he learned that Durkin had been kicked Wednesday at the University of Maryland’s President Wallace D. Loh, McNair thought it was the first step in the move.
One day after his reinstatement, the University of Maryland changed course and kicked football coach DJ Durkin into the wake of upsets and protests by students, politicians and even some Terrapins actors.
“This happens so fast, I only feel a level of gratitude that Dr. Loh took to do the right thing he had to do with the pressure he had to do with,” McNair said. is a step in the right direction to try to add something to this. I know we still have a long way to go, but at least I know that I’m safe and comfortable with Dr Loh who makes the decision and he is behind his decision. “
Yet another long way to go because the family and their lawyer Billy Murphy have not reached a settlement financially from the University for the abuse of their son in a training session on May 29 that ultimately led to his death.
Murphy said that The family is still ready and ready for disputes, but they hope that the issue will be resolved immediately so that this debate can be put behind the family and everyone else involved. Murphy is also calling on the governor of Maryland to remove the chairman of the board Jim Brady for the board first recommendation to keep Durkin as head coach.
Murphy praised Loh for his decision to stand up to the Board against their recommendation and also noted political pressure that had begun to be mounted against the board. US senators, congressmen and even the Maryland governor talked to the recommendation and the process through which it was handled.
“The next step I think is that the board will get rid of Jim Brady as his chairman, “Murphy said. “The governor appoints the chair and the governor can dismiss the chair. We urge the governor to do it immediately. [Brady] has always been an obstacle to justice for this young man and that the barrier should be removed surgically as soon as possible.”
The rising political The pressure also came from within, as the Student Union organization had called on Loh to burn Durkin. Student Union President Jonathan Allen met Loh on Wednesday afternoon and expressed the student scandal with the decision to keep Durkin.
“I expressed to him, I urged him to fire Coach Durkin, no matter what impact,” Allen said. “I insisted that he needed justice for Jordan. That’s what our actions were about, getting justice for Jordan and supporting student athletes in the team. I did not think if Coach Durkin was restored and became a coach, it would do that.”
The Student Union Government had planned to introduce legislators who called on Loh to shoot Durkin in a campus meeting at 6 o’clock While the students debated the legislature, the decision was made to fire Durkin before ever leaving the move.
The football team was reported at a team meeting called at 6:20 pm. The players were informed about the meeting via a text via an app that sends messages. Because they had received so many messages in the last few months, no-one knew the team what they could expect.
Athletic director Damon Evans delivered the news to the team and the players filed quickly, according to the offensive line Johnny Jordan. One source told ESPN that there was no pressure from the players when the news was announced.
Jordan was McNair’s roommate and said that the decision to fire Durkin was the right decision for the university and the program and now the team will allow focus on football and its next opponent.
“Only this has been very emotional, for every day I relive the two weeks from the end of May to June 20, the day of his funeral,” Jordan said. “I revive every day and this is just a blow that brought it back into the limelight when we started, not to forget, but really start locking into the final distance of the season.”
The reaction of the players was mixed, according to an anonymous player. Some were in support of the decision and some opposed that Durkin left. That feeling felt like players trickled out of the Gossett Team House, some with their heads hanging low and hurried past media members.
Others were pleased with the decision, but as a player jumped out of the building, singing and laughing.
Whatever the reaction, all sides think of this decision to now allow players, the program and Jordan McNair’s family to start the healing process.
“This program has been in disarray and everyone should be happy collaterally that now the program has a chance to survive and prosper,” Murphy said. “It did not have a chance to do it under the shadow of the decision taken by the government board. So hope it can happen on the University of Maryland’s ship, and Dr. Loh can be retained, Jim Brady may be fired and then we can get right to young Mr. McNair and his family. “