Former Terps coach Krivak may get $235,000 through '95

August 26, 1992|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- The University of Maryland may have to pay former head football coach Joe Krivak as much as $235,000 in salary and benefits over the next three years.

Krivak, 57, resigned Dec. 6 under pressure from an intense two-week evaluation of the program by athletic director Andy Geiger. Krivak compiled a 20-34-2 record in five years at Maryland.

He had three years left on a contract he signed after the 1990 regular season. It was worth $94,000 per year.

According to settlement figures released by the university through Geiger yesterday, Krivak will be paid $113,400 through March 1, 1993, which includes base salary, use of a courtesy car and benefits.

During the second year -- April 1, 1993, through March 31, 1994 -- Krivak would be paid $108,000 (base salary and benefits) provided he does not receive any income from a new job. If he gets a job, the settlement would be reduced by the amount of his new salary.

Under the final year of the pact, Krivak will receive $14,400, in benefits alone, from April 1, 1994 through March 31, 1995.

"I think it's a fine settlement and Joe Krivak is very deserving of it," said Geiger. "For five years, he worked very hard at the University of Maryland. He was very dedicated and very professional. This is a way of at least partially rewarding him for the fine job."

Geiger said he did not have a role in the settlement, which was worked out between attorneys for the university and Krivak. The amount will be part of the athletic department's annual budget that last year had a deficit of $5.5 million.

It also means Maryland will have two head football coaches on the payroll for at least a year. New coach Mark Duffner, who was hired Jan. 1, signed a five-year contract worth $120,000 per season.

Krivak has refused to talk about his negotiations and settlement with the university.

Nearly four months ago he said he wouldn't pursue any football jobs until after this season, if then.

In an interview Monday, he said he doesn't miss the game despite being on the sidelines either as an assistant or head coach since 1969.

Krivak now spends a lot of time trout fishing and playing golf. He recently visited a friend in New Hampshire, relatives in Pittsburgh and attended a New York Jets game. This weekend he expects to go to Pittsburgh to see one of his former Maryland players, Neil O'Donnell, quarterback the Steelers.

"I've been doing a little bit of everything including golf, traveling and some things around the house," said Krivak from his home in Bowie. "I knew missing football was something I would have to deal with, but I've stayed pretty busy. I haven't given coaching again much thought."

"Maybe some day, I will coach again, but it will have to be the right offer," said Krivak. "We'll see how it goes."

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