Maryland's man behind recruiting may be forced out

August 08, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Before he ever talks to a high school senior, Jim Miceli is on the spot.

Miceli joined the Maryland football staff as recruiting coordinator in June, but his job is in jeopardy. It's not that the Terps are disappointed with his work, but the cost-containment proponents in the NCAA have proposed that the position be abolished. It's one of the cuts that Division I-A football is expected to face at the NCAA convention next January.

"It's going to happen one of these days," Miceli said. "Eventually, everyone's going to have to hire a guy to coach a position and coordinate recruiting. That's what I want to do anyway."

Miceli was the head coach at Division III Ramapo (N.J.) from 1988 to 1991, and was an assistant at Pitt last year. When Paul Hackett was fired and his staff released, Miceli moved to Wisconsin as a recruiting assistant for three months, but moved back east when Kyle Lingerfelt left Maryland.

"I am somewhat familiar with the class coming in, because Pitt was recruiting some of these kids," said Miceli, a native of Rye, N.Y. "We've got to do well locally, hit the surrounding states, and maybe dabble in some areas we didn't before. You look at your needs and recruit the best players you can, wherever they are."

Recruiting coordinators used to be able contact high school seniors-to-be from July 1 on, but that period was pushed back to Aug. 15, just about the time when players in the east are heading to practice.

"All we can do is send them letters right now," Miceli said. "You used to have unlimited scholarships [the limit is 88 this year, 85 in 1994-95]. You can bring in 70 players for official recruiting visits, and there's an NCAA proposal to cut that back to 58."

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