Geiger expected to pursue, but not get, Green

December 28, 1991|By Mike Preston

Although Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger is expected to intensify his talks with Dennis Green about the vacant Maryland job, Stanford's football coach is expected to stay with the Cardinal, an official in Stanford's athletic department said yesterday.

The official said he expected Geiger to talk further with Green now that the Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl has been played. Stanford lost to Georgia Tech, 18-17, Wednesday.

"I know they have talked before, but I don't know the extent of their talk," said the official, who asked not to be identified. "But I expect the talks to heat up now because the bowl game is over, and Maryland still can get in another good month of recruiting if it names a coach by early January.

"Dennis has not gone in for an interview, and I don't think he has to because of his name and association with Geiger," said the official. "But I think Dennis Green will remain at Stanford. He has already publicly said he will remain. Sometimes, when you offer a coach a lot of money, they change their minds. I don't see that happening in this situation."

Stanford athletic director Ted Leland declined to comment, and so did Geiger. Green could not be reached.

Geiger hired Green as Stanford's coach three years ago when Geiger was the school's athletic director.

There has been speculation that Green, 42, wants to return to the East Coast. He is a native of Harrisburg, Pa., and one of his daughters attends Maryland.

However, Maryland might have a problem financially with Green. He is reported to make $275,000 per year; Maryland, which faces a $5 million deficit in the athletic department, paid coach Joe Krivak only $94,000 per season.

But Green, who has been mentioned among the candidates for the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona State coaching jobs, fits the criteria for a Geiger hire. He is young, enthusiastic and works within an institution that has academic guidelines as strict as Maryland's. The other top three candidates for the Maryland job are coaches Mark Duffner of Holy Cross and Jimmye Laycock of William & Mary and Clemson defensive coordinator Ron Dickerson.

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