If Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell has his way, the Terrapins and Georgetown will not play each other next year.
The long-standing series was interrupted this season. "If I have it my way, we won't play them," Driesell said. "They wouldn't play us this year, so why should we play them next year?"
Georgetown and Maryland are not playing this year -- according to Jim Kehoe, Maryland's athletic director and Frank Rienzo, Georgetown's athletic director -- because they could not arrange a date equitable to both schools.
But Driesell has felt all along that Hoya Coach John Thompson, whose team has beaten the Terps in their last three meetings, ducked the Terps because they returned their entire starting five from last season. Georgetown lost Craig Shelton and John Duren to the NBA.
Next year the tables will be turned. Driesell loses Albert King, Greg Manning and Ernest Graham.Thompson has virtually his entire team back and is likely to add super 7-footer Patrick Ewing. Driesell is hardly dying to play the Hoyas.
"I don't believe in playing local teams anyway," he said. "I'd rather play national teams, spread out the schedule."
Thompson and Rienzo have repeatedly denied that they avoided Maryland, insisting it was a scheduling problem. Rienzon has already said he wants to play Maryland next year.
There has been bad blood between Driesell and Thompson since last season when Thompson cursed at Driesell during the teams' December meeting. Neither man wants to face the other unless the odds are stacked in his favor.
As for Ewing, Driesell hinted strongly that the expected announcement today that the Cambridge, Mass., youngster is going to Georgetown won't necessarily end the recruiting for him.
"Georgetown's not on the national letter of intent," Driesell said. "If I were John, I wouldn't relax until the day he registers for classes."