Attorney Is Calling For A Major College Football Head Coach To Be Fired

first_imgA general view of Maryland's football stadium.COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)The attorney for the family of late Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair has come forward calling for the dismissal of Terps head coach D.J. Durkin.Durkin has been put on administrative leave by the school following an explosive report from ESPN’s Heather Dinich, Adam Rittenberg and Tom VanHaaren. In it there are allegations of verbal and physical abuse against players, as well as accusations that Durkin and his staff did not do enough to help McNair when he collapsed from heatstroke during a May workout.McNair died two weeks later on June 13. In an interview with ESPN, his family’s attorney, Billy Murphy, called for Durkin’s firing.Murphy described Durkin and his staff as having “absolute indifference” toward McNair’s life.Murphy said there are three reasons why Durkin should be fired.“No. 1, what he did,” Murphy said, “No. 2, what he didn’t do, and No. 3, the impact on this football program.”The workout that led to McNair’s death began at around 4:15 p.m. ET on May 29. Murphy told ESPN that McNair had a seizure at around 5 p.m. following a sprint.University officials are reportedly denying Murphy’s account of McNair suffering a seizure at 5 p.m. A 911 call at 5:58 p.m. described McNair as “hyperventilating after exercising and unable to control his breath.”“Had this coaching staff done even minimal heatstroke training, they would have seen immediately that that’s what was going on,” Murphy added. “They would have iced him and called the ambulance immediately, but there was this unexplainable one-hour delay from the time that he had a seizure and the time the ambulance actually came. That’s really concerning.”Murphy said he “absolutely” believed that McNair was not given proper medical care.There’s still plenty to be uncovered in this investigation. As Murphy notes in the interview, the footage of the May 29 workout has not been released yet. Perhaps that could shed more light on the timeline of what happened.In the meantime, Durkin remains on leave. Given the nature of the allegations he’s facing, it seems likely he will not be coaching for Maryland any time soon, and possibly not ever again.[ ESPN ]last_img read more

Morocco Exempts Chinese Nationals From Visa Requirements

Beijing – Morocco has decided to exempt Chinese nationals form visa requirement to enter the Moroccan territory starting from June 2016.During His talks with President Xi Jinping, on Wednesday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, the Moroccan monarch announced to the Chinese head of State the waiving, as of June 1, 2016, of visa for Chinese nationals, Moroccan Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, told MAP.“The decision, which confirms the vision of HM the King and His will to deepen and diversify the Chinese-Moroccan relations, shows Morocco’s desire for openness and strengthening human, cultural, economic and political exchanges between the two friendly countries,” the minister added. The talks between King Mohammed VI and President Xi Jinping were an opportunity to reaffirm friendship, commitment and sincerity, Mezouar said.The Moroccan minister noted the commitment of both Heads of State to implement the strategic partnership between Beijing and Rabat, signed today between the King and the Chinese President.King Mohammed VI, on an official visit to China, held talks Wednesday with President XI Jinping, followed by the signing of the joint declaration on the establishment of a strategic partnership between the two countries, as well as several bilateral agreements.With MAP read more