If you've been wondering if football will return to Mount St. Mary's, the low public turnout and negative feedback from a meeting on campus to discuss the issue last week may have provided an answer.
There hasn't been football at Mount St. Mary's in 45 years, but school president George Houston formed a 13-member ad hoc committee last month to see if there was any interest in adding a nonscholarship, Division I-AA team as early as 1997. The committee, which is headed by psychology professor Bob Keefer and includes only three representatives of the athletic department, is expected to file a report to Houston in January.
Of the 62 people who attended the meeting, only three spoke in favor of bringing back football. Among those opposed to the idea included members of the lacrosse, soccer and tennis teams, and a teacher in the sociology department. Their concerns ranged from potential budget cuts that could affect other programs, to the sport's violent nature.
The committee will meet at least one more time before passing on its recommendation.
If football is added to the seven fall programs already in existence, a stadium and dorms might have to be built. The committee must weigh costs such as these with the additional revenue that football would bring.
Towson on the tube
If you've tuned into the new CBS sitcom "Almost Perfect," which airs at 8:30 p.m. Sundays, you might have noticed one of the characters wearing a Towson State lacrosse T-shirt. Here's the explanation:
Kevin Kilner, one of the series' stars and a Broadway actor, graduated from Dulaney High and was a midfielder on the Johns Hopkins lacrosse teams that won NCAA championships in 1979 and 1980. He kept those Baltimore roots for the show, but told producers that his character, Mike Ryan, an assistant district attorney, probably wouldn't have attended Hopkins. He suggested Towson as an alternative.
Susanna Craine, director of university relations at Towson, received a phone call from Paramount Pictures in mid-July asking that she send such Tigers paraphernalia as shirts, caps and coffee mugs. "They wanted marked goods. I must have mailed stuff three times," she said.
Sea Gulls honored
The members of Salisbury State's 1995 NCAA Division III men's lacrosse championship team were to be honored at halftime of yesterday's soccer game against Mary Washington, as players and coaches received their championship rings.
Tomorrow, the Salisbury City Council will present coach Jim Berkman with a proclamation declaring Tuesday, Oct. 24, to be "Salisbury State University Men's Lacrosse Day."
The Sea Gulls capped a 17-0 season by winning their second straight national championship, defeating Nazareth, 22-13, in the final in College Park.
Morgan State's volleyball team won the Howard University Tournament, sweeping Maryland-Eastern Shore and Coppin State, then rallying from two games down to beat the hosts. Sophomore Jakaria Stewart was named Most Valuable Player in the tournament. . . . Mount St. Mary's men's and women's runners took first in last Saturday's Maryland State Meet. . . .
UMBC senior Joe Drissel, a state champion in the 1-mile run at Centennial High in 1991, has finished third in the Metro Championships, fourth in the Retriever Invitational and 10th in the Towson Invitational this fall. Not bad for someone who suffered a stress fracture while at the University of Maine before transferring to UMBC, sat out the 1992-93 season, then was hampered by recurring shin splints the next two years. . . .
UMBC junior midfielder J. J. Kremer (Calvert Hall) leads the Big South Conference with 12 assists and has 22 for his career, tying 1981 graduate Ray Ford's school record. Teammate Bryan Bugarin (Calvert Hall), a senior forward, is tied for third on UMBC's career goal-scoring list with 31. . . . Salisbury field hockey goalkeeper Kristin Archer has seven shutouts. . . . Salisbury senior setter Jen Bowman registered her 2,000th career assist last weekend. . . .
Senior forward Michele Mohlman's goal on a penalty stroke lifted Goucher's ninth-ranked field hockey team to a 2-1 upset of No. 1 Eastern Mennonite (Va.) last week. . . . For the first time, Navy and Army finished in a 28-28 tie in men's cross country. Navy sophomore Alex Shelley placed first at 24:49.