Joe Krivak was scheduled to return today from Shreveport, La., to be officially introduced at a news conference as Maryland's football coach of at least the early 1990s.
Krivak and athletic director Andy Geiger were in Shreveport yesterday to meet the Independence Bowl Committee. The Terps will play Louisiana Tech in the bowl Dec. 15.
Geiger said last week that Krivak has been rehired after a four-year tenure that resulted in an 18-25-1 record. The Terps were 6-5 this season for their first winning campaign since 1985.
The only unanswered question was the length of Krivak's new contract, which the two men planned to settle during their Shreveport trip.
"I'd guess three years," said a man in the Maryland athletic department who is close to Krivak. "Joe seemed upbeat after his talks with Geiger last week, and I don't think he would have been if the contract was less than fair. Both sides have leverage, but this is not an age of long-term contracts."
Said another member of the athletic department, "Bringing Krivak back will make him more credible in the eyes of recruits. He came into this job as an assistant from the ranks, but now he's established as a head coach. That should help in recruiting, especially in this area."
After Krivak's news conference this afternoon, he was to meet with the players at 4:30. His assistants, meanwhile, will focus on recruiting, concentrating on New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and Maryland. The coaches will visit schools and secure updated academic information.
With Scott Zolak departing, Maryland needs an experienced quarterback. Junior and former walk-on Jim Sandwisch backed up Zolak, but saw little activity, completing 12 of 22 passes for 137 yards. Behind Sandwisch are reshirt freshman David Mike and true freshman Tony Scarpino.
Maryland recruiters have their eyes on John Kaleo, the quarterback at Montgomery College-Rockville. As a junior college transfer, he could step right in.