THE EAST COAST Conference and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference are the two Division I leagues with more than one member from Maryland. Their non-conference records in men's basketball aren't pretty.
The ECC is 13-38 against outside competition, and Towson State (3-3) is the only member that doesn't have a losing record. One of its wins came in a conference game with UMBC. Delaware, the preseason favorite, lost its first six before beating Division II West Chester. First-year members Central Connecticut and UMBC have one win apiece.
Look no further than tonight's schedule to get a clue as to why it's difficult for the locals to do well in non-conference games. Towson State and Coppin State are defending champions in their respective leagues, and the Tigers play Syracuse and the Eagles face Clemson.
Because it has played so many quality opponents, Coppin State (2-4) is ranked No. 69 in USA Today's computer ranking of the nation's 296 Division I teams. The Eagles are ahead of the likes of No. 92 Notre Dame, No. 103 Maryland and No. 105 Michigan.
For the teams in the less-established conferences, it's not whether you win or lose, it's how your strength of schedule stacks up.
* Jamie Smith, the interim athletic director at Loyola, said that the school could name its permanent AD before the NCAA convention, which begins Jan. 7.
"We've interviewed six finalists," Smith said. "They met [Loyola president] Father Sellinger and our coaches. We could have someone named before we go to Nashville for the NCAA convention, but whoever we select would have to tie up loose ends elsewhere before they come to work for us. They wouldn't go to the NCAA convention with us."
Smith said that reports in The Sun that named five of the candidates were accurate. They are former Washington Bullets general manager Bob Ferry, Northeast Conference commissioner Chris Monasch, St. Peter's athletic director William Stein, Penn assistant AD Carolyn Schlie and Rutgers assistant AD Joe Boylan.
Smith would not name the other finalist.
Boylan, who runs academic support at Rutgers, is a 1960 graduate of Milford Mill High and coached some solid basketball teams at Lansdowne in the late 1960s. He was an assistant at Rutgers for 12 years before getting into administration.
"It would be a great opportunity to come home," said Boylan, who had an on-campus interview Tuesday.
Loyola's new assistant lacrosse coach is Todd Curry, a first-team All-American midfielder in 1986 and '87 for Syracuse.
* Elsewhere on the hiring front, Morgan State is beginning its search for a new football coach. The new man could be headquartered in Hill Field House along with three others who previously held the job.
Ed Wyche, who was told two weeks ago that he would no longer be the head coach, is an instructor in the department of health and physical education, and he could remain there next semester. The department also includes Jim Phillips, the head coach in 1983 and '84 and recently an assistant, and Jesse Thomas, the head coach from 1985-87.
Since Earl Banks retired in 1973, Morgan State has changed head coaches nine times. In a sport in which success and stability are linked, no one has lasted more than three seasons.
* Georgia's Jill Moore, a junior from Severna Park, was a first-team selection to the GTE Academic All-American volleyball team.
A setter and middle blocker, Moore is a three-year starter for the Bulldogs. She's played in the last two Olympic Sports Festivals. A physics major, her cumulative grade-point average exceeds 3.7.
Moore was The Evening Sun co-Athlete of the Year for 1987-88. She shared that honor with Mercy's Rosemary Kosiorek, who appears headed to another strong basketball season at West Virginia. The junior guard is averaging 19.6 points, 5.4 assists and 3.4 steals.