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Former Terps football coach Joe Krivak dies at 77

Former Terps football coach Joe Krivak dies at 77

Bobby Ross got much of the credit for Maryland's short reign as the most dominant team in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the mid 1980s, but Joe Krivak was often referred to as the guru and play-caller for a string of record-setting Terps quarterbacks.

Krivak, who died Tuesday after battling leukemia, tutored a line of Maryland quarterbacks that began with Boomer Esiason and Frank Reich, included Stan Gelbaugh and Dan Henning, and ended with Neil O'Donnell and Scott Zolak after Krivak succeeded Ross as head coach in 1987.

Krivak was 77.

When he finally became a college head coach at age 51, Krivak said: “This is my shot. I'm either going to retire out of this job or get...