Terps' NCAA liaison reassigned


In one of his first personnel decisions, new Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger has removed Gerald S. Gurney as the athletic department's NCAA compliance director, but retained him as head of the academic support unit.

Geiger said that Gurney's compliance post might not be permanently filled because of the department's estimated $3.5 million deficit, but that the emphasis might shift to individual education by coaches and departmental support.

"The business of compliance is everybody's job here," said Geiger.

Athletic department sources have said that some coaches privately expressed dissatisfaction over Gurney's role in the department, and Gurney and former athletic director Lew Perkins reportedly had differed over the department's handling of NCAA violations committed during the tenure of former men's basketball coach Bob Wade.

The school was given a three-year probation, a two-year postseason ban and a prohibition from appearing on live television this year and Perkins was cited in an expanded sanctions report by the NCAA Committee on Infractions for failing to report in a timely fashion a violation committed by Wade.

Geiger said the "role of being a compliance officer is a focal point of unhappiness" in an athletic department. He added that Gurney -- who could not be reached for comment -- was "more than happy and willing to give up the compliance" portion of his job and "move on to the educational area."

"I want to emphasize that he has done a good job here," said Geiger.

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