During Tuesday’s press conference, Maryland AD Damon Evans announced Rick Court is no longer Maryland’s head football strength coach. By the way Evans phrased it, it appeared Court had been fired, but further reporting indicated that is not the case.
Source: Rick Court's settlement with Maryland is a lump sum of $315,000, which is two thirds of what he was due for the remainder of his contract. There's no mitigation going forward. There's also a mutual release of all claims by the school and Court.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 14, 2018
Court resigned Monday with, as Pete Thamel indicated above, two-thirds of his contract going with him.
On Tuesday, Court released his resignation letter. He expressed remorse for Jordan McNair’s death resulting from a May 29 Terps workout while not assigning or excusing blame upon himself.
“Jordan McNair’s life and death are what we must all remember to put first as we face the future: What did we learn? How will we improve?,” he wrote. “What can we do to pay tribute to Jordan’s life? The gravity of the situation has deeply impacted my perspective on ‘the why’ I am coaching.”
As many of you know, I resigned yesterday as the head strength coach 4 @TerpsFootball. I wanted 2 thank Coach Durkin & all of my colleagues & players for their support, love & commitment. I am blessed for the relationships I have built and wish nothing but success for our team. pic.twitter.com/llT2HABKUC
— Coach Court‼️ (@courtstrength) August 14, 2018
Court’s role both in McNair’s death and the overall culture of Maryland football is currently at the center of three ongoing investigations: one by the university into the events leading to McNair’s death, a similar investigation conducted by a law firm hired by the McNair family, and a four-person panel examining the culture of Maryland football.
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