The implication when the University System of Maryland announced last week it would release the findings of an investigation into athletic training procedures surrounding the death of University of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair was that its emphasis would be on the past.
McNair was hospitalized on May 29 after a team workout and died June 13.
While the future of the University of Maryland's athletic director and head football coach are the topic of speculation, a spokesman points out that the board typically can not get involved in school personnel decisions, aside from the hiring and firing of presidents.
By the time officials reached McNair, he had already suffered at least two seizures, according to the report. And yet, he was not administered cold immersion therapy - the most effective way of treating heat illness - nor did any of the medical staff take McNair's vital signs, including core temperature.
"We have protocols and policies which are good, but it is not enough that they are good", the university president said.
The trainers explained that they had decided not to place McNair in the facility's cold whirlpools for fear he might drown "because of a concern of the size of the student athlete and the smaller stature of the caregivers".
Behind closed doors, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents was briefed on the results of a sports medicine consultant's investigation into the heatstroke death of Jordan McNair. "If we identified it earlier, it might have changed things".
Head football coach D.J. Durkin remains on administrative leave. Chairman James Brady said he expects the separate investigation into the culture at Maryland under Durkin to be completed "soon".