Maryland interim athletic director Randy Eaton said Thursday that he has not been asked to interview with a committee searching for Debbie Yow's replacement as permanent athletic director.
There had been media speculation after Yow's departure announcement in June that Eaton, the department's chief financial officer, might be a candidate — and he still could be.
But asked by The Baltimore Sun whether he had been summoned by the search committee, Eaton said, "I have not interviewed."
The committee has met multiple times.
"I would think nobody is eliminated [as a candidate] until they actually hire somebody," Eaton said.
The head of the search committee, Linda M. Clement, who is the school's vice president for student affairs, did not immediately return a telephone call and e-mail from The Sun.
Eaton said athletic department staff recently met with incoming university president Wallace D. Loh, and Loh indicated that he wanted the search process to move quickly.
"I think we'll have somebody named by the end of September," Eaton said.
Loh does not become president until Nov. 1. But he has said he expects to play a significant role in selecting the school's next athletic director even if that occurs before he assumes office.
Before departing, Yow recommended Connecticut AD Jeff Hathaway, a Maryland graduate who previously worked in the athletic department in College Park.
Men's basketball schedule
Maryland's men's basketball schedule is out, and the nonconference portion appears to be upgraded — mostly because of the top-grade competition in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
The Terps will play at Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 18 against Pittsburgh, then play Illinois or Texas the following night. The Terps always have a challenging early-season tournament — and this one more than qualifies.
Maryland's schedule includes matchups with Philadelphia schools Temple and Villanova.
Temple plays the Terps on Dec. 5 in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center in Washington. The Owls are coached by Fran Dunphy, who was on Williams' staff at American. Dunphy later coached at Pennsylvania, which played the Terps while he was there.
The Terrapins will have a nationally televised matchup with Villanova at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center on Jan.15. The Wildcats beat Maryland in last season's BB&T Classic.
Maryland's games against Duke are Jan. 9 on the road and Feb. 2 at home.
The Terps close the regular season at home against Virginia on March 5.
MARYLAND 2010-11 SCHEDULE Date Opponent Time11/1 Florida S'rn-a 811/8 Seattle U.-b TBA11/10 Charleston-b 711/14 Maine 211/18 Pittsburgh-c 711/19 Illinois/Texas-c 5/711/23 Delaware State 811/26 Elon 812/1 at Penn St.-d 9:1512/ 5 vs. Temple-e 812/8 UNC-Greensboro 7:3012/12 Boston College 412/22 NJIT 812/29 North Florida 81/4 Colgate 81/9 at Duke 81/12 at Wake Forest 81/15 at Villanova 11/ 20 Virginia Tech 91/ 22 Clemson 2:301/27 at Virginia 71/30 at Georgia Tech 7:452/ 2 Duke 92/ 5 Wake Forest 12/ 9 Longwood 82/12 at Boston College 12/15 at Virginia Tech 82/20 N.C. State 5:302/23 Florida State 92/27 at North Carolina 7:453/ 2 at Miami 73/5 Virginia 2 Note: a-exhibition; b-2K Sports Classic; c-2K Sports Classic at New York; d-ACC/Big Ten Challenge; e-BB&T Classic, Verizon Center