Adams-Gaston named to UM academic post
Feeling a "need to establish a new team in the athletic department," Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger has appointed Javaune Adams-Gaston as director of student services. Among Adams-Gaston's various duties will be responsibility for the academic support group that assists Maryland's athletes.
She replaces Gerry Gurney, associate director of athletics in charge of academic support, who will be reassigned within the university.
Geiger said the change was made "because I feel we need to establish a new team in the athletic department. We need to build a positive support group for our exciting new [football] coaching staff. We made this move to improve our academic program, counseling, and we want an upbeat and enthusiastic program."
Gurney, who had had his differences with former football coach Joe Krivak and his staff in the past, was not available for comment.
When Geiger was evaluating Krivak's program after last season, Gurney spoke highly of the academic support provided Maryland's football players -- who had an average SAT score of 880, compared with 1,050 for other university students. In the past four years, Maryland has graduated 56 of 77 players who entered their senior years still in the program.
Bob Vespi, looking for his first PBA title, finished as the No. 1 seed for today's stepladder finals of the PBA Showboat Invitational, 31 pins ahead of runner-up Harry Sullins. Mark Bowers of Aberdeen was third, followed by Chris Warren and Philip Ringener.
Bobby Duckworth, a former San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Rams wide receiver, was sentenced in Vista, Calif., to three years in prison for raping a 28-year-old waitress at his home. The sentence was the least Duckworth, 32, could have received under a plea bargain with the San Diego County District Attorney's office.
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Charles Gassaway, who spent parts of three seasons in the major leagues during the 1940s, died Wednesday. He was 73.