UMD football team announces plan to honor Jordan McNair during 2018 season and beyond
McNair died days after being hospitalized following an organized team workout on May 29. On Monday, McNair's former teammates and fellow offensive linemen Ellis McKennie and Johnny Jordan announced that the team will wear helmet stickers bearing his number 79 during the 2018 season and hold a moment of silence before its season opener against the University of Texas and its home opener against Temple University.
The team also announced that it will name the offensive line room in Cole Field House after McNair and that no player will wear his number 79 until after he is honored on what would have been his Senior Day in 2020. McNair's locker will also be encased in glass and moved to Cole Field House. An annual scholarship will be award to a UMD student-athlete in McNair's honor going forward.
On Tuesday, the University of Maryland admitted it had made mistakes in handling the incident that led to McNair's death. That announcement came on the heels of an ESPN story alleging abuse and a toxic culture in the football program.
School leaders met with football players and their parents Saturday morning to discuss the growing controversy. The day before, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents assumed control of the investigation into McNair's death and the culture of the football program.
Head coach D.J. Durkin and other staffers remain on administrative leave in the wake of reports the Terrapins' football program had "a coaching environment based on fear and intimidation," where players were humiliated, embarrassed and verbally abused.