The trainers were placed on leave in August shortly after ESPN published an article describing a “toxic” culture at the program. Around the same time, Loh, who according to the sources had by that point seen a preliminary draft of the medical report, accepted “legal and moral responsibility” for McNair’s death on behalf of the university and started a second investigation that culminated in last month’s report into the football program’s culture.
Also in August, the university and Rick Court, the football program’s strength and conditioning coach, reached an agreement to part ways, after Court was identified in the ESPN article as the ringleader of a culture of bullying and humiliation that is widely deemed to belong to an older, retrograde vision of football.
On Tuesday, the Terrapins, who are 5-4 under interim head coach Matt Canada (who is also the offensive coordinator), tried to put the past several days’ events behind them as they prepared for Saturday’s game at Indiana (5-4).
“A week ago, we were sitting here, and then suddenly there were different events,” Canada said.
But, he added: “Right now, we’re focused on Indiana.”
Maryland players elected not to make any members of the team available to the media after Saturday’s game, a home loss to Michigan State. Tuesday marked the first time current players publicly addressed the press since last week’s developments.
“There’s obviously been a lot of noise outside of the walls of the football house,” said Jesse Aniebonam, a defensive lineman. “To me and to a lot of the other guys, it’s been a normal week — we’re all trying to shift our focus to the right things.”
Aniebonam, a redshirt senior, added: “I’ve gone through a ton of changes. Not only stuff like this. I’ve had head coaches leave midseason before. I’ve gone through at least five, six position coaches; three, four defensive coordinators. These things happen.”