Bowling Green athletic director Jack Gregory said yesterday that Falcons coach Gary Blackney probably would not be allowed to talk to Maryland officials about their recently vacated head football coaching position.
Blackney and Gregory were with the Falcons in Fresno, Calif., yesterday as Bowling Green prepared to play Fresno State in tomorrow's California Sun Raisin Bowl.
"The ethical way is for one athletic director to call the other before talking to the coach, and Maryland has not contacted me," said Gregory of Blackney, who is one of at least six candidates thought to be considered for the job.
"But Gary still has three more years left on his contract, and we have verbally agreed to an extension, the terms of which I cannot disclose," said Gregory. "If Maryland did call, I don't think we would be in the mood to let them talk with our coach."
Blackney, 47, is 10-1 in his first year as a head coach. He spent 21 years as an assistant at seven different colleges, the last at Ohio State as an outside linebacker coach.
Meanwhile, two athletic officials from schools of prospective candidates said they have not been contacted by Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger.
Villanova athletic director Ted Aceto said there have been no inquiries from Maryland about Wildcats coach Andy Talley, but he would permit Talley to talk with the Terps if Maryland was interested.
East Carolina sports information director Charles Bloom said he met with athletic director David Hart Jr. yesterday, and Hart told him that no school had contacted him about head coach Bill Lewis.
Thus far, Geiger is believed to have contacted only Holy Cross, whose coach, Mark Duffner, has a 60-5-1 record in six years at the school. A Maryland athletic department official said yesterday that Geiger has yet to meet with Duffner because an interview committee has not been formed, even though one could be organized by next week.
Other candidates for the job are William & Mary's Jimmye Laycock and Stanford's Dennis Green. Green, though, is considered a long shot because he reportedly makes $270,000 a year, and Maryland faces a $5 million deficit in the athletic department.
The Maryland position became open last Friday when head coach Joe Krivak resigned after a 2-9 season and pressure from a two-week evaluation by Geiger. Krivak had a 20-34-2 record in five years at Maryland. He was making $94,000 per season.