Tragic news in College Park as Maryland confirmed sophomore offensive lineman Jordan McNair died on Wednesday.
A former four-star recruit who was expected to be a key contributor over the coming seasons, McNair was listed in critical but stable condition after being hospitalized for unknown reasons following a workout on May 29. A GoFundMe page was setup to help him and his family in the days that followed and had received nearly $25,000 in donations, noting that he had received a liver transplant in the process.
While there had been hope that his condition could improve, the school released a letter from their athletic director Wednesday afternoon confirming the awful, awful news:
Dear Terrapin Family,
We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes, sophomore football player Jordan McNair. Jordan was a tremendous athlete, student, teammate and friend, and he will be sorely missed. We offer our deepest condolences to his parents, family and friends.
Jordan was hospitalized following an organized team workout on May 29 and passed away today, June 13. For those who had the opportunity to know Jordan, you understand the sadness we are feeling.
Coach DJ Durkin asked me to pass along the following thoughts on his behalf:
Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team. Jordan was a hard worker and he always had a smile on his face. He was an extremely talented football player and a humble and genuine human being. He embodied the essence of what it means to be a teammate. Jordan was a fighter. Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter. Please continue to pray for Jordan’s family during this difficult time.
Counseling services are available for our student-athletes and for our staff.
Our thoughts and support continue to be with his family as they grieve the loss of this outstanding young man.
Executive Athletic Director
Thoughts and prayers to the McNair family and all of the Terps out there who are hurting after this loss.
There’s a very scary-sounding situation unfolding in College Park, one that began at some point last week.
Sunday, former Michigan associate head coach and state of Maryland high school football coaching legend Biff Poggi posted a tweet on Twitter asking his followers to offer up prayers for “Jordan McNair, his mom and dad, DJ Durkin and the entire Maryland team.” While Poggi offered up no details, FootballScoop.com followed that weekend tweet up by reporting Monday that the Terrapins offensive lineman collapsed during a strength & conditioning workout several days ago and remains hospitalized in critical condition.
It was subsequently confirmed through the football program that McNair is now listed in critical but stable condition. No further details of the situation have been made available.
“Jordan’s an outstanding young man and a beloved member of our Maryland football family,” a statement from Maryland head coach DJ Durkin began. “Our entire program is supporting Jordan and his family during this time. We’re continuing to keep Jordan in our thoughts and prayers.”
The 6-4, 325-pound McNair was a four-star member of the Terps’ 2017 recruiting class, rated as the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Maryland. Only five signees in the Terps’ class that year were rated higher than McNair.
As a true freshman, McNair’s official bio stated that he appeared in two games but is listed as a redshirt freshman heading into the 2018 season.
It’s been about four months since we checked in on the Week 1 betting lines in college football, highlighted by Alabama’s installation as a massive favorite for its date with Louisville in Orlando.
And in the four months since, the public has clearly lost faith in the Nick Saban Football Machine.
After starting as a 29.5-point favorite, Alabama has been downgraded… to a 28.5-point favorite, according to lines released by Bet Online.
Other lines of note:
- UCF (-20.5) at Connecticut
- Northwestern (+4.5) at Purdue
- Colorado (-6) vs. Colorado State (at Denver)
- San Diego State (+14.5) at Stanford
- Florida Atlantic (+23) at Oklahoma
- Oregon State (+38) at Ohio State
- Texas (-10.5) at Maryland
- Boise State (-10.5) at Troy
- Arizona (-14) vs. BYU (at Phoenix)
- Auburn (-3.5) vs. Washington (at Atlanta)
- Ole Miss (-1.5) vs. Texas Tech (at Houston)
- West Virginia (-7) vs. Tennessee (at Charlotte)
- North Carolina (+6) at California
- Michigan (+2) at Notre Dame
- Alabama (-28.5) vs. Louisville (at Orlando)
- Miami (-3) vs. LSU (at Dallas)
- Virginia Tech (+6.5) at Florida State
Check out the entire list of lines here.
As has ofttimes been the case in the recent past, Buffalo’s future non-conference schedules will (continue to) have a decidedly Big Ten flavor to it.
The MAC school announced Wednesday that it has added both Ohio State and Maryland to its future slates. The Bulls will travel to Columbus to square off with the Buckeyes Sept. 19, 2020, while the Terrapins play the role of hosts Sept. 3, 2022, in College Park.
The Bulls and Buckeyes have played once before, opening the 2013 season in what essentially served as Khalil Mack‘s coming-out party to the nation. The 2022 game will be the first-ever between the Bulls and Terrapins.
In addition to OSU, UB has faced Big Ten teams two other times this decade — Penn State in 2015, Minnesota in 2017. They also have four future games scheduled against schools from that conference over the next six seasons — Rutgers (2018), Penn State (2019), Nebraska (2021) and Wisconsin (2023).
This wasn’t the only scheduling news involving Ohio State and a MAC school as OSU also confirmed that it has added Akron to its 2021 schedule. That game will be played Sept. 25 in Columbus and will mark the fourth meeting between the two Ohio schools, and the first since 2011. In the three previous games, the Buckeyes have outscored the Zips 90-16.
The annual Auburn-Georgia rivalry could soon have a little familial spice in the not-too-distant future.
This past weekend, Tyler Fromm, a Class of 2019 recruit from Warner Robins, Ga., announced that he has committed to playing his college football for the University of Auburn. If the surname of the commit sounds familiar it should as Fromm’s older brother, Jake Fromm, is the starting quarterback at the University of Georgia.
And, for those of you who are curious, UGA was not one of the more than a dozen scholarship offers the tight end has received.
In addition to Auburn, Fromm held offers from Power Five programs such as Florida, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina, USC, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. 247Sports.com currently has Fromm as a three-star prospect, rated as the No. 24 tight end in the country and the No. 54 player at any position in the state of Georgia.
Known as the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, Auburn and Georgia have played each other in football 122 times, including every year since the 1944 season. The teams first played during the 1892 season.