COLLEGE PARK -- The assistants on Maryland's football staff are waiting eagerly for an audience with the new boss, Mark Duffner.
Cast into limbo when Joe Krivak resigned Dec. 7, some of the assistants attended Duffner's news conference yesterday and introduced themselves. Duffner said he will bring "some" of his Holy Cross assistants with him. It is believed that they include Peter McCarty (defensive ends, academic coordinator), Dan Dorazio (offensive coordinator) and Syracuse's Kevin Coyle (defensive coordinator).
"He's a good choice as a head coach," said quarterbacks coach Jerry Eisaman. "I want to try to stay."
The same is true for recruiting coordinator Jeff Mann, defensive line coach Dennis Murphy and receivers coach Rod Sharpless.
Sharpless, the only black on the staff, was a Maryland linebacker from 1972-74. His first college coaching job was with the Terps under Jerry Claiborne from 1977-81. And he returned before the 1990 season.
"You ask if I want to stay," Sharpless said. "I played on Maryland's first Atlantic Coast Conference champion in 1974, I graduated from Maryland, my wife went to graduate school at Maryland and our daughter was born while we were at Maryland. Think I don't want to stay?"