Review of Maryland OL’s death to begin this week

An outside consultant will begin his review of the death of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair by the end of this week, a university spokesman said Tuesday.Dr. Rod Walters, a sports medicine consultant and longtime athletic trainer with stints at Appalachian State and South Carolina, will conduct the review. Maryland announced that a probe of McNair’s death would take place at a press conference last week.McNair, who was 19, died last Wednesday after being hospitalized May 29 following an organized team workout. An exact cause of death was not disclosed, but a GoFundMe page set up last week to support McNair’s family says he received a liver transplant after being airlifted to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and had been “fighting for his life for the past week.””The prudent thing to do and the right thing to do when a situation like this arises is to do a review to make sure that the proper protocols were followed,” athletic director Damon Evans said last Thursday. “We believe it’s important to bring in an external group to conduct the review. We started that process of discussing from the moment Jordan was hospitalized, and we will have a team that will provide us the necessary feedback so we can move forward.”During the press conference, Evans detailed much of what took place at the May 29 workout, which he said began around 4:15 p.m. with the temperature near 80 degrees at the Terrapins’ practice fields, with the strength and conditioning staff and trainers on hand.According to Evans, the workout had all players run 10 110-yard sprints and McNair — listed at 6-foot-4, 325 pounds — completed all of them before struggling to recover afterward, leading trainers to come to his attention.