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State set to settle with Jordan McNair’s family for $3.5M

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016, file photo, McDonogh high school football lineman Jordan McNair watches from the sideline during a game in McDonogh, Maryland. McNair collapsed on the field and subsequently died of heatstroke.  (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2016, file photo, McDonogh high school football lineman Jordan McNair watches from the sideline during a game. During a 2018 spring football drill while a University of Maryland player, McNair collapsed on the field and subsequently died of heatstroke. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

The family of a University of Maryland football player who died of heatstroke during a 2018 drill will receive $3.5 million under a settlement before the Board of Public Works later this month.

The settlement between the University of Maryland, College Park, and the family of Jordan McNair is believed to be one of the largest college athletics-related settlements in the state.

McNair, a Baltimore County resident, was 19 when he collapsed while participating in spring drills with the Terps football team. He was hospitalized and died two weeks later.

The death sparked outrage on campus and among lawmakers and other officials.

College officials later admitted that medical staff had failed to identify and properly treat McNair, who was suffering from heat stroke when he collapsed.

A 72-page report issued five months later detailed a multitude of failings at the campus and made more than two-dozen recommendations for reform.

Wallace Loh, then president of the university, initially reinstated head coach D.J. Durkin under pressure from the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, but he then fired him a day later. The incident tarnished Loh’s tenure at the flagship state university and he ultimately resigned his position and left the university in 2020.

The Board of Public Works is expected to take up the settlement at its Jan. 27 meeting.


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