Geiger to pick coaching candidates Names to be sent to interview panel

December 10, 1991|By Mike Preston

University of Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger will select a list of candidates for head football coach before sending their names to an interview committee. Joe Krivak, who completed five seasons in the job, resigned Friday.

The selection process reverses Maryland's past practice, when a search committee was formed before a list of coaching candidates was drawn up.

Geiger refused to answer any questions regarding the football program yesterday, referring all inquiries to an athletic department spokesman, Herb Hartnett.

"I think Andy wants to be as quick and thorough as possible, and this is a way of quickening the process," said Hartnett. "Andy has not and will not back off his initial statement of being open and looking at all candidates, regardless if they are an NFL or a college assistant.

"I don't know how many candidates will be on the list, but Andy is going in without any preconceived notions," said Hartnett. "He has given no indication of a time frame."

Geiger would prefer hiring someone with academic standards similar to those at Maryland. Candidates for the job apparently are Holy Cross' Mark Duffner, Stanford's Dennis Green, East Carolina's Bill Lewis, Villanova's Andy Talley and William & Mary's Jimmye Laycock.

Maryland, though, probably can't afford Green's salary, reportedly worth $275,000 per year. Maryland has a projected budget deficit of $5 million for this season, and still has to pay off a settlement for Krivak's final three years. Krivak completed only the first year of a four-year contract worth $94,000 per season.

"I haven't talked to anyone from Maryland," said Laycock yesterday. Laycock, along with Talley, has expressed interest in the job. "My name is usually thrown around every time a job becomes available. I've been involved in a number of these before, and I'm happy where I'm at. But if Maryland called, I would listen to what they had to say."

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