As you can see in the video, Maryland fired their coach just one day after reinstating him.
The decision to reinstate him came after pressure from the Maryland Board of Regents, who practically forced him to reinstated embattled coach DJ Durkin after being responsible for the June 13 death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair from heatstroke he suffered at a May 29 workout.
The 17-member Maryland Board of Regents told its president Wallace D. Loh to reinstate the coach, or he would get fired.
After intense pressure from students, players, and Maryland politicians, school president Loh decided to reverse course one day later with a statement:
“Yesterday, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents announced numerous recommendations, including employment decisions about specific personnel on our campus. I accepted the Board’s recommendations. At the same time, I announced my retirement as president in June 2019.
“Since returning to campus after yesterday’s press conference, I have met with the leadership of the Student Government Association speaking on behalf of numerous student organizations; the Senate Executive Committee; Deans; department chairs; and campus leadership. The overwhelming majority of stakeholders expressed serious concerns about Coach DJ Durkin returning to the campus.
“The chair of the Board of Regents has publicly acknowledged that I had previously raised serious concerns about Coach Durkin’s return. This is not at all a reflection of my opinion of Coach Durkin as a person. However, a departure is in the best interest of the University, and this afternoon Coach Durkin was informed that the University will part ways.
“This is a difficult decision, but it is the right one for our entire University. I will devote the remaining months of my presidency to advancing the needed reforms in our Athletic Department that prioritize the safety and well-being of our student-athletes.”
With this statement (and basically defying the board), Loh also announced his own resignation. But how about the 17-member Maryland Board of Regents? Who are they? Why did they want DJ Durkin to be reinstated by force?
We don’t know the answers, but we do know who they are.
Below are the names of the 17-member Board of Regents. You can also see the bio of each person here:
- James T. Brady – chairman
- Barry P. Gossett – vice chairman
- Gary L. Attman – treasurer
- Linda R. Gooden – assistant treasurer
- Michelle A. Gourdine, M.D. – secretary
- Robert D. Rauch – assistant secretary
- Joseph Bartenfelder – ex officio
- Katrina J. Dennis, Esq.
- Ellen Fish
- James Holzapfel
- D’Ana Johnson
- Robert R. Neall
- Robert L. Pevenstein
- Louis Pope
- Robert L. Wallace
- William T. “Bill” Wood
- Langston O. Frazier – student regent
People who make these choices shouldn’t hide behind “closed doors” — they should be able to answer to their decisions.