The University of Maryland at College Park has been warned that its accreditation “may be in jeopardy,” and has until March 1, 2020, to prove to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that it has a structure that “outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision-making.”
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education issued a release Friday that Maryland had “insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard VII (Governance, Leadership, and Administration).”
It’s a procedural move that resulted from the scrutiny the university faced following the death last year of former Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair to heatstroke he suffered during a May 29 workout, but the accrediting body was not investigating how McNair was treated or the events that surrounded his death June 13.
Not to worry, sports fans. Maryland’s got this.
“Under the new Board chair, the university is encouraged by USM changes and increased collaboration,” university spokeswoman Katie Lawson said in an email to ESPN on Sunday. “The renewed commitment to openness and communication will ensure that the necessary actions are taken to secure autonomy and full compliance.”
Yes, because if there’s one thing synonymous with Maryland athletics, it’s a commitment to openness and communication. It’s just that they can’t talk about it.
And remember, Jim Delany got a $20 million bonus in part for bringing the Terps into the Big Ten. TV money über alles is 21st century college athletics writ large.