"We have to do a better job"

Gerry DiNardo weighs in on Maryland tragedy

Joe Zenzola
August 16, 2018 - 4:36 pm

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While filling in for Bill today, I had a chance to chat with Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo. The former college football head coach was recently in Madison to take a closer look at this Badgers team. After breaking down some of the positional groups, we got into a deeper discussion regarding the tragedy inside the Maryland football program.

As you know, Jordan McNair, an offensive lineman for the Terrapins, died of heatstroke while practicing for the team back in June. The team has had a reputation for having a "toxic culture" in the way they treat younger players, McNair being one of them. Head Coach D.J. Durkin is being asked to step down by numerous people, including myself. More on this story here

Listen in at the 9:30 mark of this interview with Coach DiNardo. Should every head coach take full responsibility for such tragedies? And where do you draw the line as a coach in determining how hard you work a player in practice, especially when heat plays a major role?

For DiNardo, he's had "nightmares" over some of the decisions he's made over the years, but he's also learned what's best for his players from the help of his medical staff...Full interview below.