Towson gets ready for season with more Boyd than last year

The Inside Stuff

November 17, 1992|By Bill Tanton

The big news in basketball at Towson State is that Devi Boyd is back -- plus 10 pounds.

Boyd, 6 feet 2, who could end up as the school's all-time leader in points and assists, was to have played his senior season last year. He broke his elbow in the opener at Colorado and sat out the year.

Now he's back for a season he hopes will land him in the NBA next year.

"As fat as Devin is," Towson State coach Terry Truax joked yesterday, "if he wants to play pro, he's going to have to do it with the Redskins."

"Oh, man, what is this?" Boyd asked with a pained expression. "I weigh 200 pounds. Ten pounds heavier than I was a year ago. I run the 40 now in 4.6 -- faster than I ever did it before."

As hard as Truax is working his team in the preseason (the Tigers will play host to Costa Rica in an exhibition Friday night), Boyd may be close to his old playing weight by the time the regular season opens at home against Loyola, Dec. 1.

Truax is not worried about Boyd's weight. He's just trying to keep everybody loose as Towson preps for its first season in a new conference, the Big South. Boyd, who was Player of the Year in the East Coast Conference in 1990-91, knows this is the last year he'll have to impress the pros.

"I really want to play in the NBA," Boyd says. "That's what I dream about."

Three of Boyd's ex-teammates are playing for pay now. Chuck Lightening is playing in Mexico, Terrance Jacobs in Austria and Kurk Lee, who played briefly in the NBA, will play this year for Oklahoma City in the Continental Basketball Association.

"Kurk stopped by my house to see me not long ago," says Boyd. "He just got finished playing in the Philippines. He made $30,000 in three months."

That's not much compared to what Devin Boyd could earn next year if things go right.

nTC * Even with a few thousand tourists from Clemson at Byrd Stadium Saturday, Maryland drew only 25,223 for its incredible, 53-23 football win over the Tigers.

Bet you there would be 35,000 at Byrd if the teams met again this week. As Terps athletic director Andy Geiger says, the crowds will come when Maryland starts winning.

* Meanwhile, Baltimore area high school football draws well, thank you, even with Maryland-Clemson and Penn State-Notre Dame on TV. City-Loyola drew 3,500 at Hargaden Field Saturday. The same day, there were that many on hand for McDonogh's 17-7 win at Gilman.

McDonogh is a team on the rise with an outstanding coach, alumnus Mike Working, who has coached in the NFL and in some major college programs. The team finished with five straight wins and a 7-3 record.

One of Working's players is his son, Mike Working Jr. (Mike Sr. was coached by his father, Dick Working, at McDonogh.) When I told Mike Jr. that McDonogh could win the MSA A championship three years from now, the junior replied: "How about next year?"

* As the crowd of 4,500 left Cole Field House after Maryland's Red-White basketball scrimmage last weekend, people were buzzing about freshman Johnny Rhodes, who is going to be quite a crowd pleaser.

The Terps play an 8 o'clock exhibition game tonight at Cole against Akrides Haarlem, a team from the Netherlands. The Maryland regular season opens Dec. 1 at home against UMBC.

* Including Scott Zolak, who led the Patriots to their first victory of the season in his first pro start, four ex-Maryland players started at quarterback for NFL teams Sunday. The others were Stan Gelbaugh, Neil O'Donnell and Boomer Esiason. All were coached at College Park by Joe Krivak, who was the quarterbacks coach before taking over as head coach in 1986. Krivak phoned Zolak last week to offer encouragement.

Look for Krivak to be back in football next year, perhaps reunited with Bobby Ross, whose San Diego Chargers have won five of their last six games.

* It's no shock that the Washington Redskins lost at Kansas City Sunday, 35-16. In this crazy NFL season, no result is shocking.

It is a shock, though, that the Skins, at this late point in the year, would play sloppily enough to be penalized 14 times (for 80 yards). Among those were four false starts and four encroachment penalties. As a rule that reflects on coaching, but there's no better coached team in the league than Washington.

* The Washington Bullets, once again, are not a very good team, as their 1-5 record suggests. Their problems are compounded, however, because they're on the road more than Willie Nelson. Four of their six games so far have been on the road. After they entertain Boston tonight, they'll play four of their next six away from home.

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