Cole Field House is one of several buildings under consideration for next year's challenge series between the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East, sources in both leagues said yesterday.
An ACC source said that either College Park or the Capital Centre in Landover could be used for one of the four doubleheaders. The two buildings are among about 30 facilities under consideration.
When asked what the chances were of the series being played on the University of Maryland campus, a source said, "It's about 50-50."
When reached at home last night, Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger said that he knew the Capital Centre was under consideration, but hadn't talked with ACC officials in more than a week.
"I don't know, but obviously we'd be delighted," said Geiger. "We'd love to play at Cole, but we'll support going to the Capital Centre if that happens."
The series is scheduled for the first week in December, but the matchups have yet to be announced and sites have yet to be determined. Those familiar with the situation said the schedule could be announced this week.
The future of the series, now in its third season, is in jeopardy since Big East coaches recently recommended to commissioner Mike Tranghese that they would prefer not to finish out the four-year commitment.
Neither Tranghese nor ACC commissioner Gene Corrigan could be reached for comment.
The Capital Centre was used last year and was sold out for a doubleheader featuring Georgetown and Duke. The Hoyas wouldn't be given what amounted to another home game, and Maryland would likely get close to a sellout.
The ACC and Big East originally planned not to play at campus sites, but disappointing crowds in 1989 at Greensboro, N.C., and Hartford, Conn., forced the series to go to its two largest on-campus buildings last year, the 23,000-seat Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., and the 30,000-seat Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. Cole Field House seats 14,500.