Maryland had narrowed its list of candidates for athletic director to six from a field of 30 applicants.

The six men being interviewed by the search committee appointed to find a successor to Jim Kehoe are: Fred Gruninger, athletic director at Rutgers who was as candidate for the Virginia job last fall; Bill McHenry, athletic director at Washington and Lee; Roy Kramer, athletic director at Vanderbilt; James Lessig, athletic director at Bowling Green; Sam Bailey, associate athletic director at Alabama, and Dick Dull, an assistant athletic director at Maryland.

The leading candidates reportedly are Bailey, McHenry and Dull. Bailey is likely to receive the support of Basketball Coach Lefty Driesell and Football Coach Jerry Claiborne because of Alabama's success in the Southeastern Conference. Bailey is the chief sports administrator at Alabama because Athletic Director Bear Bryant spends most of his time tending to his football program. Bailey's association with Bryant is another reason he is attractive to Claiborne, who played and coached under Bryant.

McHenry is well thought of by Maryland's Board of Regents because of his reputation academically. Dull is well liked by many at the university and has the advantage of being familiar with with the sports program.

Within several weeks, the committee is expected to send at least one name to the regents, who then will make a final choice.