The No. 1 rusher for Penn State, which plays Maryland Saturday at Memorial Stadium, is a Marylander -- Richie Anderson of Sandy Spring.
Anderson, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior tailback, was a scholastiAll-American at Sherwood High in the Washington suburbs. This year he has gained 380 yards on 83 carries with four touchdowns for the 7-2 Nittany Lions.
"Richie is strong, tough and all business," says Penn State coacJoe Paterno. "There is nothing in him but work. He reminds me of the really good ones we've had as far as work ethic."
And few coaches have had as many "good ones" as Paterno hahad at tailback, including Lydell Mitchell, John Cappelletti, Curt Warner, D.J. Dozier, Blair Thomas and Baltimore's Charlie Pittman.
* Two coaches who are getting up there but look to be as gooas ever are Paterno, who will turn 64 in December, and Mount St. Mary's basketball coach Jim Phelan, who'll be 63 in March. Paterno's secret is fitness walking around the Penn State campus. Phelan's is playing golf and going to the track.
Phelan, who has won 687 games since he came to Emmitsburin 1954, has been nominated to the Basketball Hall of Fame. His Mountaineers open at Maryland two weeks from Saturday.
* Chris Weller, who has coached the Maryland women'basketball team for 16 years, says:
"This year's team is the best in the history of our program." Theshe makes you wonder when she follows that with, "I never
talked this way before and I think our players
suffered because of it. They missed out on some honors because I didn't build them up enough to the media."
Hey, Chris, the solution is simple. Just tell it like it is, every year.
* Andy Geiger, universally praised since taking over a &r Maryland's athletic director 14 months ago, is getting ripped for the first time by Terp alums and fans.
People are saying they see the Maryland football team gettinworse instead of better and they blame Geiger for having rushed into signing coach Joe Krivak to a new, four-year contract a week after Krivak's club upset Virginia in last season's finale.
* Let's hope Jason Stanicek, the freshman quarterback who leNorth Carolina to a 24-0 win over Maryland last week, enjoys better luck than his brother, Pete, did in baseball.
The Orioles' Pete Stanicek came out of Stanford, played great aRochester, then went to spring training in 1988 to compete with Bill Ripken for the regular second base job. But Pete came up with all manner of injuries and ailments and faded away. This year he was not even able to play minor-league ball. He's still only 28 but his career appears to be over.
Baltimorean Vernon Smith came off the Villanova bench last week and scored three touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Rhode Island. That was no surprise to Augie Waibel, who coached Smith at Poly. In 1989 Smith scored 27 touchdowns to lead the state in scoring.
Smith will be in the starting lineup this week when Villanova (7-1entertains New Hampshire, also 7-1, in a game that could decide a Division I-AA playoff spot.
* Baltimore lawyer Steve Shattuck sends along a newspapeclipping from his sister in Indianapolis about our old friends the Irsays.
Robin Miller, writing in the Indianapolis Star, says the franchiseunder the leadership of owner Bob Irsay and general manager Jimmy Irsay, his son, "may forever be stuck in the muck of mediocrity." Miller writes that the father "is thought of as an embarrassment around the league" while the son is "overmatched as an NFL general manager." The Colts are the only 0-9 team in the NFL, which makes it hard to dispute Miller's claims, as if anyone in Baltimore would want to.
* Bob Meehan, former Mount St. Joe and University of Baltimorathlete and father of the Towson State tackle of the same name, says winless Towson's 30-26 loss to Hofstra last weekend "was the most exciting Towson game I've seen in three years." He says TSU not only could have won but should have.
Bob Meehan Jr. gradually is working his way back into full-timduty after recovering from an early-season knee injury. Towson (0-8) plays this week at Howard (2-6).