William & Mary coach to talk to Terps today Laycock scheduled to meet with Geiger


William & Mary football coach Jimmye Laycock is expected to meet with Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger today about Maryland's vacant head coaching job, a William & Mary spokeswoman said.

William & Mary sports information director Jean Elliott said last night that she had spoken with athletic director John Randolph yesterday, and he confirmed that Geiger had expressed interest in Laycock.

"I don't know when the contact was made, but John Randolph said he believed Laycock was being interviewed by Geiger today [Wednesday]," said Elliott.

Laycock, 43, is at least the fourth coach contacted by Geiger in the past week. Geiger was not available for comment last night. Laycock did not return phone calls.

Two other coaches known to be contacted by Geiger and still interested in the Maryland job are Holy Cross head coach Mark Duffner and Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. East Carolina coach Bill Lewis withdrew his name from consideration Monday afternoon. Last weekend, Geiger had asked East Carolina AD Dave Hart for permission to speak to Lewis.

Laycock's name often has been mentioned for openings around the country. One year ago today, he accepted the head coaching job at Boston College, but rejected the position a day later.

Laycock recently finished his 12th season as head coach at William & Mary, where he has a 73-62-2 record. The Tribe was 5-6 last season, but in the past six years, William & Mary has a 44-25-2 record. The Tribe has played in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs three of the past six seasons.

Before coming to William & Mary, Laycock was an assistant coach at Clemson from 1977 through 1979. He was quarterbacks coach at Memphis State from 1975 until 1977 and offensive backfield coach at The Citadel from 1972 to 1974.

It was not known whether Laycock would be interviewed by Maryland's search committee today.

Geiger contacted Holy Cross officials about Duffner last week. Duffner, who has a 60-5-1 record in six seasons at Holy Cross, did not return phone calls yesterday. Sandusky has been at Penn State for 23 years, first as a linebackers coach. He never has held a head coaching job and said Monday that he had talked with Geiger last week.

The Maryland position became open Dec. 6, when Joe Krivak resigned under pressure after compiling a 20-34-2 record in five seasons.

Geiger announced a 10-person search committee Monday and has said he is looking for a coach with similar academic standards to those of Maryland's. Geiger has put no timetable on hiring a coach.

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