Officials at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore have good reason to worry about the possibility of tougher standards for membership in Division I of the NCAA: The Hawks were unable to meet the current standards.
UMES spent the last two years on NCAA restricted status because the Hawks had not met scheduling and participation guidelines that are mandatory for Division I members.
As a result, all UMES teams were banned from taking part in postseason championships sponsored by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, which did not want to jeopardize the chances of its eligible teams and individuals advancing to NCAA championships.
"One year, we had some tennis matches rained out and they weren't made up," said Hallie Essex Gregory, who became the UMES athletic director in the summer of 1989. "We ended up not meeting the NCAA minimum number of contests. Another year, we didn't send the minimum number of participants required to some track and field meets.
"We spent all of last year sweating things out, making sure we met the existing standards. We came off restricted status Sept. 1. We're going to be on the griddle a long time, but we feel we've turned a corner."
* Some bad information regarding the Towson State football situation needs to be straightened out.
At an open forum of the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee last week, one speaker accused president Hoke Smith of killing football at Drake and trying to do the same at Towson State.
Smith came to Towson State in May 1979 from that Iowa school, where he was a vice president. Six years later, Drake beat Iowa State in football. It has since dropped to the Division III level, but Smith was long gone when changes were made there.
Also, athletic director Bill Hunter pointed out that the scholarship limit in Division II football is 40, not 45 as previously reported. Also, under current NCAA rules, the Tigers wouldn't be eligible for postseason play if they dropped to Division III.
* You have to feel for the overlooked Loyola soccer team, which was left out of the NCAA tournament. Coach Bill Sento put together a non-conference schedule that included several regional powers, but when some of them had down seasons, it affected Loyola's status.
With 21 goals, senior Doug Miller was the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Sophomores Rob Elliott, Vince Moskunas (both Calvert Hall) and Shawn Boehmcke, junior Mark Hopper and seniors Steve Nichols (Boys' Latin) and Dave Townsend (Centennial) were also on the all-MAAC team, and Sento was again Coach of the Year.
* At least two former Howard County standouts are going to the NCAA soccer tournament.
Brian Boussy, the sophomore goalie and a two-year starter for Boston College, was an All-Metro selection while at Oakland Mills. He had seven shutouts in 17 games this fall. The Eagles play rival Boston University in the first round of the NCAA tournament this weekend. North Carolina and its freshman leader, Todd Haskins (Howard), meet Wake Forest.
* Towson State and everyone else in Maryland needs a Walter J. Zable.
William & Mary renamed its 15,000-seat stadium in Williamsburg after Zable last weekend. The ceremony included Zable making a donation of $10 million to the school. Of that money, $5 million will be used to endow athletic scholarships.
Zable played football for William & Mary in the mid-1930s, and amassed a fortune in electronics.
* Western Maryland's second-leading career football rusher and one of the school's finest football coaches are two of the five men to be inducted into the college's Sports Hall of Fame this Saturday.
Joe Brockmeyer of Pasadena, Md., who gained 3,022 yards in his playing days on the Hill, and Dr. Robert J. Waldorf of Alexandria, Va., who directed the Western Maryland football squad to conference titles four years in a row, will be joined by Allen Jacobson of Livingston, N.J., Lester J. Knepp of Augusta, Ga., and John M. Robinson of Severna Park.
Reservations are still being accepted for the induction ceremonies. For more information, contact the alumni office at 301-857-2296.