A Maryland booster who last week made controversial comments about late Terrapins offensive lineman Jordan McNair was removed from the school's travel group for Saturday's game at Michigan after players saw his name on the passenger list for a charter flight, multiple sources told ESPN.
"As much as we hate to say this, Jordan didn't do what Jordan was supposed to do," Jaklitsch told The Diamondback. "A trainer like [Maryland athletic trainer] Wes Robinson thinks a kid's properly hydrated and runs a drill set up for kids that are properly hydrated, and when the kid didn't drink the gallon he knew he had to drink, that's going to send the wrong signal to the person running the drill."
Jaklitsch's comments upset many in the program, sources said, and earlier this week players informed football administrative staffers that they didn't want Jaklitsch around any team activities. But he was still set to travel with the team to Michigan until players again intervened. Passenger manifests for Maryland's charter flights are set in the summer.
ESPN attempted to speak with athletic director Damon Evans, but the school, through a spokeswoman, declined to comment. Evans and university president Wallace Loh last month apologized to McNair's family after a university-commissioned report into the May 29 workouts revealed athletic trainers made mistakes in how they cared for McNair after he fell ill.
"The passing of our student-athlete Jordan McNair in June shook us all to our core," Evans wrote in a letter to the university community. "Our student-athletes have demonstrated tremendous resiliency and strength by how they have come together over these past few months to honor Jordan and support each other through the healing process. President Loh and I have personally apologized to Jordan's family for the mistakes made in his care. We continue to keep Jordan's family, friends and teammates in our thoughts."