Southern Methodist University

Calls for UMD's football program to shut down are unlikely to play out. Here's why.

Calls for UMD's football program to shut down are unlikely to play out. Here's why.

In the wake of Jordan McNair’s death and the ensuing firestorm at the University of Maryland, College Park, some critics have taken to social media to call for an outright end to the school’s football team.

But the program’s profitability paired with the rarity of shutdowns imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association means that’s not likely to happen.

McNair, a 19-year-old offensive lineman, died in June from heatstroke suffered during a team workout in May. Scathing reports about the football program’s culture emerged after McNair died, and head football coach DJ Durkin was placed on leave as the University System of Maryland Board of Regents deliberated the...

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