Tigers wait to see what future holds

November 19, 1990|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Evening Sun Staff

Because of an editing error, a story in yesterday's editions of The Evening Sun incorrectly stated that the Towson State athletic department faces a projected deficit of $2.5 million. In fact, the deficit is projected to be $257,000.

The Evening Sun regrets the errors.

Towson State football coach Phil Albert got a positive message from his team Saturday. He would like to receive another from the college's Intercollegiate Athletic Committee tomorrow night.

The Tigers completed their most distressing season ever with a 21-14 victory over Northeastern Saturday. It improved Towson State's record to 2-9, still the Tigers' worst mark since Albert's first team went 1-9 in 1972. But Albert said he is confident that the 1990 Towson State team won't be his last, a prospect that appeared likely three weeks ago.


The IAC initially forwarded a motion to the University Senate to suspend the sport, but it withdrew the motion Nov. 5. IAC chairman John Connolly said his committee needed to hear details of a fund-raising plan that supporters began to organize Nov. 1. The IAC will be briefed on any progress in that direction tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Jim Holdridge, a former Towson State player, heads football's supporters. He was not among the 1,010 people who watched Saturday's game at Minnegan Stadium, but Jack Patterson, who has coordinated efforts among parents of players, said the supporters will lay out specific fund-raising plans to the IAC.

That committee will pass along a recommendation to the University Senate, but president Hoke Smith has the final say on the matter, which should be resolved by Dec. 3.

"Hoke Smith wanted $28,000 in pledges by Dec. 1, and we're close to $50,000 already," Patterson said. "That's only including one corporate donation. I know that Jim Holdridge was meeting with at least two corporate accounts last week. We have plans for a fund-raising dinner in April and a celebrity golf tournament.

"We're looking at long-range plans that will keep football going. Any money we raise is for additional football scholarships. We've gotten that direction from Hoke Smith."

Dropping football was raised as a solution by athletic director Bill Hunter to stave off a projected budget deficit of $2.5 million. Also, proposed NCAA restructuring would make it more expensive to remain in Division I.

The Tigers completed their fourth year in Division I-AA football with their second straight two-win season, but Albert, his staff and players got great satisfaction from Saturday's win. Against an equally young and injury-riddled Northeastern team that finished 1-10, the Tigers got a second straight solid effort from their defense and a heroic farewell from senior quarterback Chris Goetz.

Goetz, the state's all-time passing leader, completed 22 of 31 attempts for 243 yards, finishing his four-year career with 7,882 yards. He got the go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter on a 13-yard scramble, the longest scoring run of his career.

"Something good happened [Saturday]," Albert said. "Our players have been through a lot physically and emotionally. A lesser group of kids would have packed it in long ago."

* Frostburg State's finest season ever finished on a sour note, as ++

the Bobcats lost their second straight, 20-14 to Ramapo (N.J.) in the ECAC Division III South championship. Frostburg had a 355-261 bulge in total offense, but the Bobcats' comeback from a 14-0 halftime deficit was thwarted when Mike Jones' apparent 20-yard touchdown throw to Warren Tweedy was ruled out of bounds.

The Bobcats finished 9-2. They were 9-0 and had the nation's third-longest win streak in Division III before a loss at Waynesburg, Pa., on Nov. 10 kept them out of the NCAA playoffs.

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