Williams says schedule precludes midnight start


Instead of Midnight Madness to kick off its basketball season, the University of Maryland will present another type of madness: the world according to Al.

Al McGuire, the former Marquette coach and longtime NBC analyst who now espouses his views for CBS, will be the guest speaker at Maryland's Adult Education Center Oct. 27, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Maryland coach Gary Williams said yesterday that scheduling a 12:01 practice on the first day college teams are allowed to officially work out was impossible because of the way this year's schedule fell.

OC The fact that Nov. 1 falls on a Monday -- meaning that Midnight

Madness would be held late Sunday and early Monday -- did not make it likely that the Terrapins could draw a big crowd as they did last year at Cole Field House.

More importantly, Williams said, was the fact that the Terps are scheduled to start the season Nov. 26 against Georgetown at USAir Arena -- several days ahead of most Division I-A teams not playing in the preseason National Invitation Tournament.

"That cuts out about three or four practices," said Williams, trying to rebound from last year's 12-15 season. "That's a lot of time for a team with nine freshmen and sophomores."

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