Under cover of silence, Krivak meets with Geiger Review doesn't have deadline, AD says

November 26, 1991|By Mike Preston

University of Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger met with head football coach Joe Krivak yesterday morning to evaluate the program, but details of the discussion were not available.

Krivak, 56, in the first year of a four-year contract worth $94,000 per season, left immediately after the meeting for an early afternoon flight to Macon, Ga., where he was a guest speaker for a touchdown club. Krivak was unavailable for comment.

Geiger, who renewed Krivak's contract at the end of the 1990 regular season, said little but repeated that there was no deadline for ending the evaluation. He was expected to discuss with Krivak such issues as his coaching staff, injuries, motivation, quarterback situation and special admissions.

"The next few days are going to be like sand running through the hourglass," said Geiger, who spent very little time in his office yesterday. "A lot of the players have left to go home for the holidays and I won't be able to speak with them until they return. I can't rush this evaluation because there are a lot of things I need to know and get accomplished for Maryland football."

According to Maryland senior quarterback Jim Sandwisch, Krivak told his players at a team meeting last weekend he didn't anticipate any changes.

"He said that he had heard Joe Krivak can't motivate, and that he was cold and impersonal," said Sandwisch. "He said that if that's the case, he is what he is and he wasn't going to change. He also said that three of the closest things to him were his family, his assistant coaches and the players, and that he was dedicated to his coaching staff and players."

Maryland, which finished its 1991 season Saturday with a 20-1 loss to North Carolina State, had its worst year (2-9) since back-to-back 2-9 seasons in 1970 and 1971.

It was Krivak's fourth losing season in five years at Maryland. The Terps were 6-5-1 a year ago and tied Louisiana Tech in the Poulan/Weed Eater Independence Bowl. It was Maryland's first winning season and bowl appearance since 1985.

Geiger has said he is 95 percent certain he will retain Krivak for next season, but the program needs some improvements for the Terps to be competitive.

Geiger said he would also interview assistant coaches as well as trainers, parents of present and possible future players, strength coordinators and players. Geiger is expected to meet with assistant coaches Dennis Murphy (defensive line), Jerry Eisaman quarterbacks) and Rod Sharpless (receivers) tomorrow and several senior players next week.

Maryland had the worst-rated offense and defense in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. Maryland also lost four starters with injuries for the season before the midway point and had three defensive starters declared academically ineligible for the last three games. Krivak said those factors, along with "limitations" offensively and a tough schedule, contributed to the losing season.

NOTES: Five Maryland players were second-team selections on the All-ACC teams released yesterday. They were seniors Mitch Suplee, a center from South River High; PK Dan DeArmas; DT Larry Webster, Elkton High; sophomore H-back Frank Wycheck and junior ILB Mike Jarmolowich. Jarmolowich led the conference in tackles with 153, and Wycheck was named to the team as a tight end.

All-ACC

Offense

Center -- Mike Brown, Clemson.

Guard -- Jeb Flesch, Clemson; Brian Bollinger, North Carolina.

Tackle -- Ray Roberts, Virginia; Mike Mooney, Georgia Tech.

Wide receiver -- Terry Smith, Clemson; Charles Davenport, North Carolina State.

Tight end -- John Henry Mills, Wake Forest.

Quarterback -- Matt Blundin, Virginia.

Running backs -- Terry Kirby, Virginia; Natrone Means, North Carolina.

Place-kicker -- Nelson Welch, Clemson.

Defense

Linemen -- Rob Bodine, Clemson; Chester McGlockton, Clemson; Coleman Rudolph, Georgia Tech.

Inside linebacker -- Ed McDaniel, Clemson; Tommy Thigpen, North Carolina.

Outside linebacker -- Levon Kirkland, Clemson; Marco Coleman, Georgia Tech.

Defensive back -- Robert O'Neal, Clemson; Willie Clay, Georgia Tech; Sebastain Savage, North Carolina State; George Coghill, Wake Forest.

Punter -- Ed Garno, Virginia.

SECOND TEAM

Offense

Tight end -- Frank Wycheck, Maryland.

Center -- Mike Suplee, Maryland.

Place-kicker -- Dan DeArmas, Maryland

Defense

Linemen -- Larry Webster, Maryland.

Inside linebacker -- Mike Jarmolowich, Maryland.

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