COLLEGE PARK -- Assistant coaches plunged into their recruiting duties this week while waiting for head coach Joe Krivak and athletic director Andy Geiger to settle on Maryland's football leadership.
"They told us to go out and recruit," said quarterbacks coach Jerry Eisaman, who planned to visit high school hotshots in Baltimore today. "I must have had 100 phone calls [yesterday] asking what I heard about Joe. I didn't hear anything."
Geiger and Krivak conferred for more than three hours yesterday, discussing a wide range of issues, including Krivak's future here. Does Geiger want him back? If so, does Krivak, who turned in Maryland's first winning season (6-5) since 1985, want to continue?
"Admissions, financial aid, facilities, recruiting -- we talked about all those things," Geiger said. "We're not finished. We'll meet RTC tomorrow [today] and probably the next day. We'll both be with our families over Thanksgiving, but the answer could come at any time."
Geiger refused to disclose specifics of their discussion. Krivak was unavailable for comment, stating through the sports information department that he would have nothing to say on the matter.
One criticism of Krivak by some people close to the athletic department is that he isn't dynamic enough. They want him to really want the job. They want him to say that Penn State, for example, is a big game, not just the next game on the schedule.
"I hope they bring him back," said fifth-year senior Scott Zolak, who went out with a bang by quarterbacking the Terps to their 35-30 upset of Virginia Saturday. "He's a good coach. He gave us the opportunity to win. He couldn't go out there and play for us."
Although he says he doesn't blame it on Krivak, Geiger is concerned that average home attendance for five games this season dropped to 31,664. That was the school's lowest average since 1981 when it drew only 31,100 and had a 4-6-1 record in Jerry Claiborne's final year as coach.
Geiger soon will have the opportunity to pick his own assistant athletic director in charge of sports marketing. Jeff Hathaway is leaving that position next week to become chief assistant to University of Connecticut AD Lew Perkins, Geiger's predecessor at Maryland.