NCAA due to receive Terp report

October 31, 1990|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Evening Sun Staff

COLLEGE PARK -- It has been a hectic first month on the job for Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger, whose plate has been full of things to deal with.

After a kickoff luncheon for the upcoming Maryland basketball season, Geiger had an impromptu meeting of his own with the press.

Among the topics covered:

* Geiger said the university will submit a final report on a self-reported NCAA violation involving the men's basketball team, in which coach Gary Williams admitted last January that he had watched team pick-up games in advance of the Oct. 15 practice starting date.

There are additional allegations by former athletic department employees that members of the coaching staff directed practices. Williams and his staff have vigorously denied those allegations.

Geiger said the report would be reviewed by the NCAA BTC Committee on Infractions during its meetings Nov. 9-11, and the committee would direct the school on the next step.

Geiger would not speculate on what action the committee might take and said the school's report would be "a recitation of all the facts," and would discuss Maryland's self-imposed penalty, a five-day delay in the beginning of this year's practice.

* Geiger said it was "probable" that Maryland no longer would play Penn State annually in football, given the two schools' increased commitments with conferences.

Penn State will join the Big Ten in all sports next year and by no later than 1995 for football. The Atlantic Coast Conference will add Florida State next year for all sports, and for football, in limited scheduling, by 1993.

The schools have met 33 times, and every year since 1976. Maryland and Penn State will play next week in State College, Pa.

Geiger said he has had conversations with Penn State officials about the series, but believes they will be unable to play every year, given both schools' need to play more games within their conference.

"I don't see how they or we will be able to meet our conference desires playing annually," said Geiger.

On the subject of Penn State, Geiger added that next year's match against the Nittany Lions, scheduled for Nov. 9, 1991, would likely be played in Baltimore, at Memorial Stadium.

He added that he might consider scheduling September football games for late afternoon or evening starts, to beat the heat and to give families more opportunities to attend.

* Geiger said he had "definite ideas" about the department's steps to replace chief fund-raiser Gordon Burriss, who left recently to take a similar post at Virginia.

"Every single departure hurts you, but it also creates an opportunity," said Geiger.

He said he would look to volunteers and data processing to help identify potential contributors to the athletic department, which is in the throes of a $3.5 million shortfall.

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