Not a good look for you, Maryland.

Yeah, this seems ill-advised.

One year before University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair died after collapsing at a team workout, the school’s athletic department submitted a proposal that would have fundamentally changed how health care was delivered to athletes, a drastic overhaul aimed at better aligning the school with NCAA recommendations. But the plan was never implemented, its recommendations nixed by Maryland President Wallace D. Loh, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.

Kevin Anderson, Maryland’s athletic director at the time, sent a memo to Loh dated May 19, 2017, that spelled out the changes the athletic department aimed to make in its management of athlete injuries and illnesses, calling for the school to establish an independent medical care model. The memo, which was obtained by The Washington Post, also called for athletic trainers to report to the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and to be autonomous from any influence by the school’s athletic department.

“This relationship also better aligns resources and expertise under one umbrella aimed at improving patient care, staff education and clinical research in the care of athletic conditions and injuries,” the memo read.

Loh rejected the proposal last August because he did not want to allow medical personnel decisions to be made by another institution, according to the three people who had direct knowledge of Anderson’s proposal and Loh’s response.

Another disclosure or two, and I figure every mesothelioma lawyer in the country will start running solicitation ads for Maryland players on late-night cable TV.  It’ll be like shooting fish in a barrel.

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16 responses to “Not a good look for you, Maryland.

  1. Not good … why every school doesn’t have its sports medicine and training staff report to the chief medical officer of a university hospital or to an independent of the athletic association student health organization is beyond me.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Lemme get this straight. The athletic director, who you think would be the one advocating for less stringent medical review, wanted a more independent procedure, but the university president nixed it because he didn’t want another school making the decisions.

    Props to the former athletic director. The school president sounds like the Peter Principle holds again.

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  3. MDDawg

    Wow. I really don’t have anything else to add. Thanks for sharing this Senator. Just…wow.

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  4. ASEF

    That’s the difference between a school committed to its athletes and a school committed to the money its athletes produce.

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    • ChiliDawg

      I hate to be this cynical, but what school isn’t committed to the money it’s athletes produce over the actual athletes?

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      • ASEF

        All businesses exist to make money, so sure.

        But some schools see their athletes as people, and some see them as just entries on a spread sheet and org chart.

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  5. I’m shocked they didn’t find a way to work in a ‘Damon Evans, while AD at Georgia…’ angle in the story.

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  6. Anonymous

    With the juries these days, it would be like poisoning fish in a barrel.

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  7. Interesting. The president should start sending out his resume’. Sure someone will take him. I wonder how many other schools are now running to change their policy.

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  8. Raleighwood Dawg

    This continues to disgust me in so many ways.

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  9. Sides

    This is why you can’t just blame one person like the head coach or charge the strength coach with murder as some here suggested. This was a systemic failure from top to bottom. I have heard Muschamp talk about the medical staff they have at all workouts. They actively monitor players who have had heat issues in the past and watch for signs during workouts. I assume all SEC and other major programs have on staff medical professionals monitoring all football activities. It doesn’t sound like Maryland had any of that. The strength coach shouldn’t be the one making medical decisions on the field (yes, he could have called an ambulance).

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    • Debby Balcer

      No could to it he should have called an ambulance and done an ice bath. He still needs charged. He knew the protocols no matter who he reported to. There is culpability higher but the people on the field failed to provide adequate care and policy does not protect them.

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  10. The Dawg abides

    So thankful for Ron Courson. The absolute best in the business. I really hope he has handpicked his eventual replacement and is training them in his own mold.

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  11. Sanford222view

    Just an FYI but interesting if accurate. Andy Staples mentioned on the radio today the Power 5 schools are split about 50/50 on whether or not they use an independent care model as mentioned in the article. While it may not have been the right choice, it isn’t like Loh was vetoing a plan most institutions are using. It may very well be all should be doing this but obviously it isn’t uncommon to not do so.

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    • Better believe they will be checking it out and seeing what is best-now.

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    • Raleighwood Dawg

      I read some of what Staples has written about the subject on si.com over the past few days. If I understand the issue correctly, some programs prefer (or will soon) to use the independent care model to utilize health professionals to provide guidance and/or supervision to the athletic/training/strength staff. Seems to me that this provides the program with valuable medical expertise and also gives them an additional layer of legal protection in the event of a tragedy like this. Of course, there are plenty of programs that want zero input from an outside authority. i.e. Don’t tell me when I can/can’t play my injured player! Maybe I’ve got it all wrong … just spit-ballin’

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