Geiger would like Terps to play Navy


COLLEGE PARK -- University of Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger said yesterday the Terps would like to schedule a football game with the Naval Academy, but Navy officials apparently have no interest in the game.

"I would like to visit the Naval Academy about occasionally playing them," said Geiger. "I understand there is some interest in the state, but I don't know whether or not they're interested. We haven't played the game in years, and I understand there were some problems."

Navy athletic director Jack Lengyel seemed surprised at the suggestion of reviving the series, which ended in 1965 because of harsh feelings between the two schools.

"We haven't discussed anything," Lengyel said. "With our team, NTC we try to play a national schedule. Our No. 1 concerns are Army and Air Force, and, after that, we try to balance the schedule nationally. At the present time, we're scheduled through the year 2001, and we're almost finished completing 2002."

Geiger said Maryland is also committed to a schedule through 2002, but with conferences being formed, open dates would become available.

Geiger also said preliminary talks with Penn State, which recently joined the Big Ten, and its athletic director, James Tarman, have caused him to believe the Terps won't play the Nittany Lions every year once Penn State becomes fully integrated into the conference.

"We'll probably play them off and on, like a home-and-home thing," said Geiger.

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