Penn State AD confirms Terps in plans for '92, possibly '93


Penn State athletic director James Tarman said yesterday that the long-standing football series with the University of Maryland likely will continue through 1992 and possibly through 1993.

Reacting to a report in The Washington Post, Tarman said Penn State and Maryland have signed contracts though 1993. The Post quoted Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger as saying the series probably would be discontinued after next season.

"There were some things [in the report in The Post] that were not accurate," Tarman said by telephone from University Park, Pa. "I don't think Andy Geiger tried to be misleading, but we absolutely have signed contracts through 1993."

Tarman said there are some potential scheduling problems with the 1993 game, starting with a Nov. 6 date. That is the season Penn State will begin playing a full-time Big Ten schedule, and Tarman said he hopes an earlier date can be arranged.

Tarman also acknowledged that Maryland might have similar concerns with the 1992 game at Penn State, since the Terrapins will be adding Florida State to its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. But Tarman said talks between the two schools have been preliminary and that nothing definitive has been reached.

Penn State is scheduled to play Maryland this year at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 9. Geiger was en route to the ACC wrestling tournament in North Carolina and couldn't be reached for comment.

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