COLLEGE PARK -- University of Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger said yesterday that he has spoken with Ohio State officials about the vacant athletic director's job at the Big Ten school.
When asked last night whether he had interviewed for the job, which opened with the retirement of Jim Jones, Geiger said that he was in Columbus last week. He called the talks "exploratory," but wasn't sure of his status.
Earlier in the day, when asked by a reporter from the Cleveland Plain Dealer if he was interested in the job, Geiger said, "Obviously I would be interested, but I don't know where they are on it."
Geiger is reportedly one of five candidates for the job. The others are Oregon State athletic director Dutch Baughman, a former academic counselor at Ohio State; Virginia athletic director Jim Copeland, a former member of the Cleveland Browns; and two former Buckeyes stars: two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, now an assistant athletic director at the school; and former basketball player Bill Hosket, a successful businessman in Columbus.
It isn't clear why Geiger would be interested in leaving College Park. But since coming to Maryland from Stanford in September 1990, Geiger has been approached twice before and, in each case, has interviewed for the job. The first time was by the U.S. Olympic Committee for an executive position that went to Miami athletic director Dave Maggard. More recently, the NCAA interviewed Geiger for the executive director's job that went to Cedric Dempsey.
Geiger's candidacy has not been confirmed by Ohio State officials. Neither David Williams, the school's vice president for student affairs, nor Nancy Zimpler, the chairwoman of the search committee, was available for comment.
Big Ten associate commissioner Kevin Weiberg, a former associate athletic director under Lew Perkins at Maryland, said Wednesday, "I've heard he was among the people they were considering, and that he was high on the list."