Quarterback Milanovich throws in punting duties Maryland notebook

August 31, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Coach Mark Duffner is trying to put a positive spin on the Maryland kicking situation, but his players know that the loss of Lonny Calicchio is a severe setback.

Calicchio, the nation's top junior-college kicker the past two years, was ruled ineligible last week. Northwest Mississippi Community College took away his associate's degree after the Maryland registrar's office questioned the validity of correspondence courses on his transcript.

Calicchio was to handle all of the Terps' punting and kicking duties. Now quarterback Scott Milanovich is also the Terps' punter and redshirt freshman Ken Lytle will handle the kickoffs and placements in the season opener Saturday (noon) against Virginia at Byrd Stadium.

More than 10 soccer players attempted field goals after Friday's practice and a half-dozen other football players were practicing kickoffs yesterday afternoon. Duffner said Milanovich and Lytle have the jobs for now, ahead of wide receiver Russ Weaver and defensive lineman Mark Sturdivant, respectively. But it will be difficult to replace Calicchio.

"When he [Calicchio] first kicked the ball during a scrimmage," superback Mark Mason said, "everybody was like 'Wow, we've got something here.' He's guaranteed success at that position. It's like having candy in your mouth, and your mom snatching it away, taking a good thing from us. It's a major loss. We're sad to see him leave.

"Knowing Scott [Milanovich] for the last three years, it's something he'd love to do, take on more responsibility. If he could coach and play, he'd do it."

Calicchio, who could not be reached at his home in Plantation, Fla., had a transcript from Northwest Mississippi that included correspondence courses from Baptist Christian College in Shreveport, La. Baptist Christian said it had no record of Calicchio's taking courses there.

"We have no record of the man [Calicchio] taking courses with us," said Sharon Stevens, the assistant to the president at Baptist Christian. "It's our transcript [received by Northwest Mississippi], but it's not from our office."

The Northwest Mississippi registrar, Gary Spears, said his school would not pursue the matter.

"I was taken in and didn't know it," Spears said. "We're not going to do any more looking into it. There's nothing we can do.

We don't want to punish the kid [Calicchio] any more than he's been punished."

Thomas moves up

Ratcliff Thomas is the only true freshman starter on the Terps' revised depth chart. He won one of the two inside linebacker spots over Tim Brown, who was one of three true freshmen to play last year.

Thomas (6-feet-1, 220 pounds), from Woodbridge, Va., was a two-sport star at T. C. Williams High, and originally signed a basketball scholarship with UMBC in 1992. He instead spent last fall playing at Hargrave Military Academy.

Briefly

Larry Washington, a junior from Randallstown, has moved into the No. 2 spot at superback behind Mason. . . . Richie Harris, who had 56 catches last season and this year will be the sideline reporter on the Terps' radio broadcast, is the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship for education majors from Hitachi and the CFA. . . . Ticket manager Jack Zane said that approximately 13,500 season- ticket packages have been sold, along with 8,500 two-game packages, most including the Oct. 2 Penn State game. It's the second-highest preseason sale in Terps history, behind only 1985.

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