Krivak to discuss his future on Monday with Geiger

November 14, 1990|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Correspondent

COLLEGE PARK -- The University of Maryland's Joe Krivak hasn't said whether he wants to return as football coach, according to athletic director Andy Geiger, who will meet with Krivak Monday, when Geiger begins evaluating the program.

Krivak, 55, who is in the fourth and final year of his contract, often has said he would quit when he became ineffective. Krivak's overall record is 17-25-1, and he has yet to produce a winning season.

Yesterday, at a weekly news conference, Krivak gave no details about his future.

"I like what I have done. My cup is full," said Krivak. "I like my house, got a great wife and three kids that are out of college. I don't know what I'll be doing next month, and you don't know what you'll be doing next month. But I'll guarantee you this will all take care of itself within due time."

Maryland (5-5) ends its season Saturday against No. 8 Virginia (8-1) in Charlottesville. Geiger said he chose to meet Krivak at the end of the season because he didn't want it to interfere with the team's play or Krivak's daily planning.

"I haven't asked him a specific question about returning, so I don't know," said Geiger, who also said he will receive input from university president William Kirwan. "I'm assuming so -- I think he likes what he does -- but that's strictly my opinion without talking to him about it.

"I want to see what his game plan would be, where he sees the problems and what it is we need to do," Geiger said. "I want this [the meeting] to be a free-flowing, candid, straight-forward thing. It won't be as charged as if it were during the regular season.

"He [Krivak] has invested great deal of his life at the university as an assistant and head coach, and I'm interested in what he has to say. We're going to take a little time. It's the fair and proper way to do it."

Geiger did not announce a deadline for his decision on Krivak, but team officials are hoping that, if Krivak returns, it is before Dec. 1, the first date college coaches can talk to recruits.

Last year, Krivak met with then-athletic director Lew Perkins for a one-year extension to aid in recruiting, but the request was denied. Several Maryland coaches said the denial cost the Terps a number of recruits, including three prospective quarterbacks.

Krivak defended his record.

"I think we've made some progress. I don't think there's any doubt about that," said Krivak, who has indicated that a tough schedule and high academic standards have been two major problems at Maryland. "Realistically, if you look at the last four years, I don't think anyone in the Atlantic Coast Conference has

played a tougher schedule. . . . When I look at myself and my staff, I think we've done a pretty good job."

According to several players, Krivak met with the team earlier this week and told them to focus on Virginia. But some already have talked about transferring if Krivak does not return, and others feel a win Saturday would force Geiger to give Krivak an extension.

"Academic standards have hurt recruiting, and there are some things that happened in the basketball program that were not his fault, but it affected the football program," said inside linebacker Glenn Page. "The coaching staff is a good bunch of guys, and they have done so much for us that we should go out and win for them. Maybe Geiger hasn't made up his mind yet. Maybe a winning season would turn some heads."

Page said there was little talk about Krivak's returning when the Terps were winning, but it resurfaced the last three weeks with losses to North Carolina and Penn State.

"Sometimes you see this stuff in the paper, and it becomes a distraction," said Page. "But the coach has said he and the staff are here this week, we're here this week and we're going to make the best of it."

Wide receiver Barry Johnson said Krivak told the team that Saturday's outcome would not affect the situation.

"This is a character, pride-type game," said Johnson. "As part of the senior class, we want to go out with a winning season. One day, Maryland will become a national power again. We just want to be a part of that step.

"No matter what we do, we're not going to affect that situation. That's between the coach and the administration. They have to decide if they want someone new with all these renovations, or if they want to keep some continuity and stay with Coach Krivak."

Senior inside linebacker Scott Whittier said: "I don't think this is a distraction for the older players, but I'm sure it's in the mind of some of the younger players."

The team's two top H-backs, redshirt freshman Frank Wycheck and freshman Chad Wiestling, said they might leave.

"That [transferring] will be something to consider," said Wycheck, the conference's leading receiver. "I've talked with Chad, and we're H-backs. If they bring in a new coach and he has a different system, then where are we going to play? Where do we fit in? Maybe I'll just shop around for H-back teams or something."

Even Krivak admits thinking about the situation occasionally.

"I think about it once in awhile, but when I turn on the projector and watch Virginia going up and down the field, I tend to forget about that very quickly," he said.

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