At 2-5, Terps fans are getting restless

Bill Tanton ttHC GHB

October 28, 1991|By Bill Tanton

They're doing the tomahawk chop and Indian war cry in a lot of places these days:

At Atlanta Braves games. At Florida Seminoles games. At College Park.

College Park?

Right. Spectators were doing them during the latter part of Maryland's homecoming game Saturday with Duke. As the end came and Maryland walked off the Byrd Stadium field with a 17-13 loss, the chant picked up volume.

"Oh, oh, oh!/Joe must go!"

You've got it. They were on coach Joe Krivak's case, naturally. What else would you expect from a homecoming crowd of 35,423 when the team loses for the fifth time in seven games?

If the critics are expecting a coaching change at College Park, they no doubt have a long wait ahead of them. Krivak is in the first year of a new four-year contract, given him immediately after last season by athletic director Andy Geiger.

There wasn't a whole lot Krivak could say in defense of his team or himself.

"God only knows we had enough opportunities to win," he said. "What it boils down to is you have to make some plays . . . All you have to do is put it in the end zone and we just can't do it."

It's just as well Krivak wasn't in the parking lot with the tailgaters after the game. He would have heard complaints about his failure to adjust. He would have heard people say Joe is "a good quarterback coach, but not a head coach."

Among the disgruntled old grads leaving Byrd was now retired Elmer Bright, who coached football at Poly for many years with Bob Lumsden. Both men played at Maryland.

"It's hard to play without a quarterback," said Bright, a remark prompted by the four interceptions thrown by the Terps' Jim Sandwisch. "I never saw a quarterback throw into the coverages he does -- sometimes into five white [Duke] shirts."

Sandwisch knows how fans feel, but he refused to yield to the critics.

"They're not out there, I am," Sandwisch said. "A lot of critics leave the game and can't find their cars in the parking lot.

"We still have four games left [North Carolina, Penn State, Clemson, N.C. State]. We can still win some football games. Penn State will be our bowl game."

* Making his first visit to the new Welcome Center, though hardly his first to Byrd Stadium, was Ronnie Waller, an All-America running back at Maryland in the early '50s. Waller is now a scout for the Kansas City Chiefs.

"This place puts the Redskins press box to absolute shame," said Waller, who once played for the Rams and coached the Chargers.

Waller recently was installed in the National High School Hall of Fame for his long-ago exploits at Laurel (Del.) High.

"After 42 years," he said, "I still hold the scoring record down there. I can hardly believe that myself."

* When it was announced over the PA system at Maryland Saturday that Navy was leading Delaware, 19-0, in the second period, the response of some in the press box was cynical -- but accurate.

"Second period?" said one journalist. "Navy still has plenty of time to blow it."

Which, of course, the 0-7 Middies did. Final score: Delaware 29, Navy 25. For the season, Navy has been outscored by its opponents in the second half by a margin of 111-20. The Sailors, pointless as it seems, play at Notre Dame this week.

* Georgetown came to Baltimore Saturday to show off the No. 1 passing offense in Division III. But the aerial show was put on by the host team, Johns Hopkins, and its quarterback, John Guglielmo.

Guglielmo passed for 477 yards and six touchdowns -- both school records -- in Hopkins' 40-14 win over the Hoyas.

Said Georgetown coach Scotty Glacken, who once quarterbacked Duke: "That was as great a game as I've seen a quarterback play in a long, long time."

Although Georgetown was a national football power until World War II, the Hoyas have for a number of years now been comfortable in no-scholarship Division III. Glacken is not even a full-time coach. He's a Washington stock broker who coaches after work.

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