Although Maryland Coach Jerry Clairborne will stick with Mike Tice as his starting quarterback Saturday against North Carolina State, he has made one lineup change: Scott Collins will start over senior Phil Livingston at offensive quick tackle. Clairborne has not been pleased with his team's pass-blocking.
Injuries continue to be a problem for the Terrapins. Backup fullback Lyle Peck is doubtful for Saturday's game with a bruised knee injured in practice last week. Starting fullback Rick Fasano is paracticing but still bothered by a broken finger.
Jeff Rodenberger is the only healthy varsity fullback. A number of people noted the absence of tight end Eric Sievers when his replacement, Tom Burgess, dropped two passes Saturday. What they did not know is that Burgess is playing with eight stitches in his right hand after it was stepped on in the Kentucky game.
Yesterday's snow forced some quick scrambling by Clairborne and company.Practice had to be moved inside to Cole Field House and that meant moving out the women's basketball team, scheduled for 4 p.m. practice. The Terrapins have practiced on grass only twice in the last two weeks because of the weather and are unlikely to get back on the grass practice field before next week.
Mike Tice on Mike Tice: "I played so badly on Saturday I thought I might lose my job. Bobby Milkovich is a great guy and I wasn't at all surprised when Coach Clairborne put him in. He deserved the shot."
During the fourth quarter with Milkovich in the game the person on the Maryland bench yelling loudest for him was Mike Tice.
One of the people surprised by the announcement that the Tip-off doubleheader (American-Navy: Maryland-Georgetown) scheduled for Dec. 5 has been moved from Capital Centre to the D.C. Armory has basketball Coach Lefty Driesell.
"The Armory?" Driesell said. "I don't want to play in that place. If (Georgetown Coach John) Thompson won't play here, why should I play in the Armory?"
As of now, Lefty is playing in the Armory. The game had to be moved when Capital Centre scheduled a Bullets-Knicks game the same night as the Tip-off doubleheader.The move to the Armory seems likely to ensure a small crowd and Carl James, Maryland athletic director, already has said that if the crowd is small again this year the Terps are unlikely to participate next year.