COLLEGE PARK -- Before he became the Maryland defensive coordinator, Larry Slade spent six years as the secondary coach the University of Washington. He was among those criticizing the Pacific-10 Conference for the penalties it placed on the Huskies earlier this week.
Washington, which admitted to violating NCAA rules, was banned from postseason play for two years, forced to forfeit about $1.4 million in television money and had its scholarships reduced for two years. Coach Don James resigned in the wake of the sanctions.
"It's a travesty," said Slade, who came to Maryland after Washington won a share of the national title in 1991. "There is no program in this country that adheres to things like integrity and caring for kids like that one. To call it an 'outlaw' program is a serious mistake. As someone who was an insider there, it hurts.
"It's obvious that some people in the conference are jealous. The incredible thing to me is that it's going to hurt the conference's revenue. Washington's ability to recruit California kids is going to be affected, and I can see USC, UCLA emerging again. That's the way some people want to see it anyway."
White out 3-4 weeks
Ron "Bam-Bam" White, the top offensive lineman among the incoming freshmen, underwent an appendectomy Monday night. After complaining of abdominal pain earlier that day, White was operated on at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.
He is expected to be discharged today or tomorrow.
"I was told he'd be out three to four weeks," coach Mark Duffner said. "I'm not sure if that means he'll be able to practice or play then."
White, from Brownsville, Pa., was listed as the No. 2 left tackle behind Steve Ingram, the Terps' top offensive lineman. Duffner said that utility lineman Ed Regan, a senior, and freshman Pat Ward are available to play there. Ward, 6 feet 5 and 290 pounds, went to St. John's High in Washington.
Walk-ons staying on
Nine of the 14 walk-ons who came to camp two weeks ago are still with the Terps, and most likely will dress for home games. They include Eric Howard, a quarterback from North County; Phil Booker, a wide receiver from Boys' Latin; and Jaron Hairston, an inside linebacker from South River.
The walk-ons can gather inspiration from Angel Guerra. The projected starter at free safety, Guerra was a walk-on who earned a scholarship. After injuries depleted the secondary last season, he started against Clemson and had 16 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection.
Gerald Gurney, an associate athletic director for five years before becoming the Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs last year, has taken a job in the Oklahoma athletic department. He'll be the Director of Student Life for the athletic department in Norman. . . . Two-a-day practices conclude tomorrow. . . . Pound for pound, reserve superback Doug Burnett was the strongest player in preseason testing in the weight room. . . . Duffner said he was "flattered" that Maryland received votes in the first AP Top 25 poll, but added, "I'm more interested if we're getting votes at the end of the season."