Geiger won't compare schools

September 21, 1990|By Bill Free

New Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger refused yesterday to criticize the National Collegiate Athletic Association for giving what seemed to be less severe sanctions to Florida for violations that appeared to be more serious than the ones committed by Maryland under former men's basketball coach Bob Wade.

Geiger said it was "pointless to get all upset about what might or might not have been."

"I read all the stuff on Maryland's appeal [of a two-year ban from the NCAA men's basketball tournament, a one-year ban from live television and a total of three years' probation for the men's basketball team] in the NCAA newsletter, and the NCAA language [concerning Maryland violations] was pretty strong," said Geiger from Palo Alto, Calif., where he was playing in a charity golf tournament.

"I don't know anything about the Florida situation, and I know a little about Maryland. My attitude is it doesn't matter what anybody else got. We can't do anything about it [Maryland punishment]. There are no appeal processes left."

Geiger said he has to look forward and make sure that "every next thing we do, we do it the best we can do. We want to run this program right. I'm going to support [men's basketball coach] Gary Williams, and we're going to make the people proud of Maryland.

"We can't worry about the NCAA. We have no recourse. I'm not going to dwell on the past."

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