COLLEGE PARK -- University of Maryland football players said they are convinced head coach Joe Krivak will be back for another season, but they are less certain that all of his assistants will be retained.
The players said they based their opinions on two days of meetings with athletic director Andy Geiger, who is in the second week of evaluating the program after Maryland's 2-9 season, its worst since 1971. At least 20 players have been interviewed.
"All the questions are geared to problems within the program, not too many dealing with Coach Krivak," said Mitch Suplee, Maryland's senior center. "From every indication I've gotten, they want him back."
According to the players, Geiger and associate athletic director Jeff Gray, who began interviewing players yesterday, have focused questions on Krivak's nine-man staff. Krivak was given a four-year contract after the 1990 season; his assistants have one-year contracts.
"I was specifically asked about how the players would feel if Coach Krivak had to shuffle some of his assistants," said Wycheck. "I was asked about the offensive assistants and a lot of players have been asked about the defensive ones. I've heard from some of the players that Greg Williams [defensive coordinator] might be asked to leave."
Williams has been the Terps' secondary coach for 10 years and the defensive coordinator for the past five. Maryland was last in total defense in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, allowing nearly 413.2 yards a game.
Geiger said recently the university could not afford to buy out Krivak's contract, but it would become void if Krivak resigned.
The players said Krivak might resign if forced to fire his assistants.
"That would be awfully tough on Coach Krivak if that were to happen," said Wycheck.