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Now, Morgan State looks to name new AD in January

When Rick Perry, Morgan State's vice president of student affairs, introduced Stump Mitchell as the university's football coach on Dec. 7, he said a full-time athletic director would be named within the next couple of weeks.

As it turns out, the hiring of a new AD won't be announced until after the first of the year.

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Tanya Rush, the acting AD and head of the 11-member search committee, said the appointment should come in January. "That's what we're hoping," she said.

Rush, who also serves as an assistant vice president of student affairs, said the committee has made its recommendations to Perry, who then will forward his recommendation to the university's president, Dr. Earl Richardson. Perry is out of town and unavailable to comment.

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"I can't guess how long it will be, but we're trying to do this as quickly as possible," Rush said. "That's a priority for us."

Rush took over as acting AD when Ken McBryde was fired in November 1994, while Morgan was being investigated by the NCAA for numerous violations. McBryde had the job for 19 months after coming to Morgan from Virginia State.

The search for a successor began immediately after McBryde's departure, and Rush said: "We thought we had identified a person, but it didn't work out. So we reopened the search and have narrowed it down."

She declined to give specifics on who was being considered for the job but said there was "a lot of interest."

"We're very much interested in taking our athletic programs to another level," she said, "and we want someone who will be instrumental in helping us do that."

Bowie women on roll

The women's basketball team at Bowie State went into the holiday break leading the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association with a 5-0 record. The Bulldogs are 7-3 overall and perhaps even better than last season's squad, which posted a 19-9 record, its best in a decade.

Bowie is coming off victories over the top two teams in the Southern Division, St. Augustine's (66-64) and Fayetteville State (71-57). The Bulldogs are one of six teams in the Northern Division, in which they placed second last season at 8-4. They haven't met a division opponent so far this season.

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Center Rashida Brooks, a 6-foot-5 freshman from Philadelphia, was named the CIAA's Newcomer of the Week after totaling 35 points, 14 rebounds, eight blocks and three steals. She leads Bowie in scoring at 10.5 points a game, and in blocks with two a game.

Like last season, the Bulldogs are winning with defense. They lead the CIAA by allowing only 55.3 points a game -- five fewer than last season -- and are third in steals with an average of 15.2.

Coach Ed Davis is in his fourth season at Bowie. The Bulldogs went from 6-19 his first year to 14-11 the next, and the climb continues.

Van Deusen's record stats

Western Maryland quarterback Brian Van Deusen (Atholton) completed his senior season ranked 10th in total offense in Division III. He threw for 2,388 yards and rushed for 158, giving him 2,546 altogether. The passing and total offense yardage are two of the seven single-season school records he set this fall.

Van Deusen also will depart as the Green Terror's all-time leader in completions (621), attempts (1,129), completion percentage (.550), passing yards (7,239), touchdown passes (51), total plays (1,415), total yards (7,172) and touchdowns (65). He earned All-Centennial Conference honors this season and was second in balloting for Offensive Player of the Year.

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Western Maryland's passing offense ranked 16th in Division III.

U. of Baltimore reunion

Earlier this month, the University of Baltimore celebrated the 20th anniversary of its 1975 NCAA Division II men's soccer national championship with a gathering at Jerry D's Restaurant in Parkville.

The Bees defeated Seattle Pacific, 3-1, in the championship game behind two goals from Pete Caringi, now the men's soccer coach at UMBC. Caringi attended the reunion, along with coach Dick Edell, now the men's lacrosse coach at Maryland; Charlie Myers, the tournament MVP, and Dale Rothe, a former All-American.

Miscellaneous

Washington College will be without preseason All-America junior point guard Ben Harris for the entire season because of a broken foot suffered during the summer. Last year, he was a second-team All-Centennial Conference selection after averaging 20.2 points. He also led the Shoremen in assists, steals and three-pointers. . . . The men's basketball team at UMES has an eight-game home winning streak. . . . Only one box score from last season is missing in the Louisville men's basketball media guide: Towson State's 81-69 home upset on Jan. 30. It was the first meeting between the schools, and a game the Cardinals would like to forget. . . . Junior guard Anthony Smith, a transfer from Duquesne, scored 16 points Thursday in his first game with Loyola.


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