Terps-Navy football deal appears near

Teams could play as soon as '04 at Ravens Stadium

Schools' last meeting was 1965

UM AD Yow confident agreement will happen

College Football

September 26, 2002|By Don Markus and Kevin Van Valkenburg | Don Markus and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

University of Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow said this week that Maryland and Navy are close to scheduling a football game between the two schools, possibly as soon as 2004 at Ravens Stadium.

Yow said the details are still being ironed out, but she is confident the two schools will agree to meet on the football field for the first time since 1965.

"We're going to end up [playing] Navy, I think," Yow said. "Chet Gladchuk, the new athletic director at Navy, has been very accommodating and seems to be genuinely interested in it. He was at our [Sept. 7] game against Akron.

"I think people in Maryland have made it clear they would like to see it."

Navy, however, said yesterday that an agreement between the two schools is still far apart.

"We haven't agreed to anything yet. It's been discussed and that's it," said Navy spokesman Scott Strasemeier. "There is still a lot more discussion that needs to take place."

Gladchuk was not available to comment yesterday.

Yow said she would prefer to schedule a two-game series with Navy, and that both games would possibly be held at Ravens Stadium as season openers for the schools.

"We are negotiating with the Baltimore Ravens right now, Mr. [Art] Modell and David [Modell], about the financial arrangement," Yow said. "It would be more of an event in Baltimore, and it fits with the concept of what the stadium is all about, the Maryland Stadium Authority and the participation of the state government in all of that. I'd like to do that."

Dennis Mannion, the Ravens' vice president of business development and marketing, said the team welcomed the idea.

"We submitted a bid about a month ago," Mannion said. "We're waiting to here from the two schools, and we are looking at either a 2004 or 2005 matchup. It would be featured as an opening game. ... Really it's in Debbie's court. We're waiting to hear back. "

The relationship between the two schools has been icy since an ugly 1964 game at Byrd Stadium. Several fights broke out in the stands during the game, Maryland students allegedly threw powder on the midshipmen's uniforms, and Terps halfback Jerry Fishman made an obscene gesture to the brigade during the Terps' 27-22 victory.

The teams played again in 1965, a 19-7 Navy win in Annapolis, but have not met since.

Maryland has said several times that it would love to renew the rivalry, but Navy has repeatedly not shown interest.

Yow said the final obstacle is scheduling. Navy has a tentative 12-game schedule for 2003, and an 11-game schedule for 2004 and 2005.

"That's the part we're working out," Yow said. "I don't know. Where we're at on our schedule and where they're at is two different places. We've got to go back to the table and try to figure out, `Can you push somebody, can I push somebody back?' I'd like to do it sooner rather than later. But of course the sooner we do it, the more complicated it's going to be."

Sun staff writer Brent Jones contributed to this article.

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