Frostburg State athletic director Loyal Park expects to be swamped with applications for the football coaching position that was vacated when Dennis Riccio moved to St. Lawrence (N.Y.) after five years with the Bobcats.
The university wants to name a new coach by May 1. In the interim, the Bobcats' program will be under the direction of assistant coach Paul Barnes, who played for Dulaney High in the mid-1970s and then at James Madison.
Barnes had much to do with recruiting the talent from central Maryland that allowed Frostburg State to go 26-6 during the past three seasons.
"We have a good program, and there's no reason it can't continue," said Barnes, who wants to succeed Riccio.
Frostburg State and its in-state Division III rival, Salisbury State, are running into a new player in recruiting high school seniors who aren't of scholarship caliber. Now that Towson State is dropping scholarships, the Tigers will be interested in state talent that in years past would have headed to Frostburg or Salisbury.
* HIDDEN TALENT: On the basketball recruiting front, Baltimore's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams have a head start on the late-signing period that begins April 15.
Coppin State has two freshmen who didn't meet the academic eligibility standards, and both could strengthen the Eagles' inside game next year. Mike Thomas is a 6-foot-8 prospect out of Camden, N.J., and Philadelphia's Steve Stewart is a 6-5 forward who is supposed to be further advanced at this stage than his brother Larry was when he entered Coppin State five years ago.
At Morgan State, 6-11 Gerald Jordan sat out the past season because of Proposition 48. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining, as will Terrence Hunter, a 6-6 guard from Irvington N.J., who played in 20 games for Wagner in 1990-91. Malik White, a 6-10 center from Chicago, has one year left after coming in from New Mexico State, where he never played.
* TEAMS ON THE MOVE: A swan song baseball season for two teams who'll be playing elsewhere next year begins Saturday.
Navy, which will join its other teams in the Patriot League in 1993, begins its final season in the Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League with a Saturday doubleheader at Columbia. The last of the Mids' eight EIBL titles came in 1986.
Towson State, meanwhile, opens its last season in the East Coast Conference with a Saturday doubleheader (noon) at home against Hofstra. The defending champion Tigers are seeking their third ECC title and NCAA berth in five seasons under coach Mike Gottlieb.
* WORLD-CLASS RUNNER: Wisconsin's Jenny Howard, a freshman out of Fallston High, placed 32nd in the World Junior Cross County championships in Boston last Saturday. She was the second American finisher.
In other running news, Navy is host to its final track and field meet of the season Saturday (noon), when the men take on La Salle and Rhode Island, and the women face La Salle and Maine. Several state teams will be in Dover for the Delaware State Relays.