Loh, the university’s president since 2010, said the administration bears some responsibility for “dysfunction” in the athletic department. He repeated statements he made in August that the legal and moral responsibility for McNair’s death fall on the university president.
He said he would stay in his role through the end of the academic year to ensure a smooth transition as athletic officials put cultural changes in place.
“It is the captain's job to navigate that ship to calmer waters,” he said.
Loh had kind words for Evans — but not for Durkin.
Before announcing his decision to retire, Loh said Damon Evans “is, in my judgment, one of the finest athletic directors in this country and I'm proud to call him my colleague.”
Loh did not mention Durkin once during his remarks.
A source told The Baltimore Sun that Loh told regents he had reservations about allowing Durkin to return to the sidelines, but that the regents made it clear that Loh could either reinstate Durkin or be replaced with a university president who would.
Asked after the press conference if he recommended that Durkin be fired, Loh said: “I've said all I needed to say at the press conference.”
The university is moving forward with reforms.
An independent monitor will be appointed to oversee reforms in the athletic department, and Loh said he and Evans “have been working hard on an approach that will be a model for the nation.”