University of Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger held a three-hour off-campus meeting with football coach Joe Krivak yesterday, but remained non-committal about the coach's future.
Krivak, 55, who has an 18-25-1 record at Maryland, completed the fourth and final year of his contract Saturday when the Terps (6-5) upset then-No. 8 Virginia, 35-30, for their first winning season since 1985.
Geiger said he expected to meet with Krivak again today.
"It was a good meeting, and I don't want to characterize it any other way," said Geiger, who became the school's athletic director in September. "It was a good chance for us to get to know each other and strategically talk about the football program.
"I don't want to go into the substance of our conversations, and I'mnot leaning one way or another."
A Maryland athletic department official termed the meeting "positive." The official also said that if Geiger rehires Krivak, it would be for at least two more years.
Geiger reiterated that he had no deadline for deciding on Krivak, but did say he would consult with university president William E. Kirwan about the situation next week.
Geiger also said he has not been in contact with any other coaches about the Maryland job.
"The qualities I look for in a coach are integrity, good student-athletes, enthusiasm, knowledge of the game and wins and losses," Geiger said.
Krivak, seen outside Cole Field House yesterday, declined to make any statements and said he won't comment until his status is resolved.
But during his four years at Maryland, Krivak has said his program has been hampered by the school's academic entrance standards, one of the toughest schedules in the country and poor facilities.
Maryland's athletic department is allowed only 18 academic exemptions per year, 10 of which go to the football team. When asked if Krivak asked for more exemptions, Geiger would only say: "Our conversations were about some things that already have been mentioned."
Geiger has said that there is not much he can do about Maryland's schedule, which this season included six ranked teams. Maryland lost to four of those teams. Geiger has said the Terps are committed through the year 2000, and he favors playing non-ACC teams such as West Virginia, Penn State and Pittsburgh.
Next year, Maryland will open its season with Virginia, Syracuse, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech.
Meanwhile, Maryland's chances for a bowl game grew slimmer yesterday. Atlantic Coast Conference spokesman Tom Mickle said he called Peach and Anaheim Freedom Bowl representatives, and both were practically committed to teams.
"Maryland's chances virtually ended after the Penn State game," said Mickle. "They were 5-5 and nobody expected them to beat Virginia."