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The Maryland scandal fallout continues to topple powerful university leaders

The head coach is gone, and so are key figures above him.

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Retiring University of Maryland president Wallace Loh.
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The University of Maryland has parted with a handful of top football and administration officials in the wake of the death of player Jordan McNair in June following a team workout — and the two major investigations that followed it.

In a 2017 address to the university legislature, school president Wallace Loh said: “As president, I sit over a number of dormant volcanoes. One of them is an athletic scandal. It blows up — it blows up the university, its reputation. It blows up the president.”

This scandal has led to the removal of more than just the president. This post is a list of the Maryland football and administration employees who have lost their jobs in its wake. The list runs in reverse chronological order, with the most recent exits first.

Trainers Wes Robinson and Steve Nordwall (around Nov. 7)

Robinson reportedly yelled something along the lines of “DRAG HIS ASS ACROSS THE FIELD” while McNair was laboring at his final workout.

Board of regents chairman James Brady (said Nov. 1 he’d resign)

Brady’s board of regents was the group that initially decided to reinstate head coach DJ Durkin after a suspension that lasted eight games. That decision led to massive backlash from student groups, some players, the public, and political figures across the state.

Head coach DJ Durkin (fired Oct. 31)

A 192-page investigative report found that Durkin’s program had a culture “where problems festered because too many players feared speaking out.” It also found that he didn’t move to hold the team’s top strength coach accountable when he crossed lines in player treatment.

University president Wallace Loh (announced his retirement on Oct. 30, effective in June 2019)

The Washington Post reported that Maryland’s regents initially forced Loh to retain Durkin, or else they’d fire him:

After a tumultuous four months that began with the June death of a 19-year-old football player and grew more unseemly with accusations of abuse and bullying in the football program, Loh stands as the most high-profile casualty. At a meeting with the regents Friday in Baltimore, Loh recommended to the board that the school part ways with Durkin. Shortly thereafter, Durkin made his case of why he should retain his job to the same group.

In the end, the regents presented Loh with an ultimatum of sorts: If he wanted to finish the school year and reach the end of his contract, he had to keep Durkin.

Loh agreed to keep Durkin and announced his plan to resign after the school year. The next day, after meeting with campus leaders, he fired Durkin anyway.

Strength coach Rick Court (resigned in August)

Here’s what Maryland’s investigation found about Court, broadly:

There were many occasions when Mr. Court engaged in abusive conduct during his tenure at Maryland, as we document. While some interviewees dismissed this as a motivational tactic, there is a clear line Mr. Court regularly crossed, when his words became “attacking” in nature. This included challenging a player’s manhood and hurling homophobic slurs (which Mr. Court denies but was recounted by many). Additionally, Mr. Court would attempt to humiliate players in front of their teammates by throwing food, weights, and on one occasion a trash can full of vomit, all behavior unacceptable by any reasonable standard. These actions failed the student-athletes he claimed to serve.

He reportedly got a $315,000 settlement upon leaving.