Leaders of Maryland’s House of Delegates on Wednesday announced they will hold a hearing investigating the University of Maryland’s football culture and the Board of Regents decision to retain the football coach and athletic director while the president retires.
The University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents has come under fire over its decision retain the University of Maryland’s head football coach DJ Durkin and athletic director Damon Evans despite the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and a subsequent investigation into the university’s football program that found pervasive problems.
The only high-level departure to stem from McNair’s death is that of university president Wallace Loh, who announced Tuesday he will resign in June.
“The tragic death of Jordan McNair and the unprecedented and unusual decision making process of the University System of Maryland Regents continues to raise more questions than answers,” Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch said.
“The House of Delegates needs clear answers as to how and why Dr. Wallace Loh is being held accountable while the Head Coach and Athletic Director have been retained by the Regents directly.”
House Appropriations Chair Maggie McIntosh, a Baltimore Democrat, said she will hold a hearing on the matter on Nov. 15.
“The decision and announcement by the Board of Regents sends the wrong message about our priorities,” McIntosh said. “Athletics over academics is a phrase we are hearing today from our constituents. That is why the Appropriations Committee feels we must exercise our oversight.”