Dick Dull, the University of Maryland athletic director, says he'd consider moving one or more of his school's football games to Sundays this fall in the wake of an NCAA ruling that clears the way for such action for the duration of the National Football League players strike.
The NCAA ruling, announced yesterday, permits colleges to make their own arrangements for Sunday network television broadcasts of their games.
"I think I would owe it to my team and my coaches and to the university," Dull said. He added that he "certainly would move a game from Saturday to Sunday," if the opponent agreed.
Dull said the Duke game in College Park on Oct. 23 and the North Carolina game on Oct. 30 in Chapel Hill would be good candidates for a switch if regional telecast arrangements can be worked out.
The Miami game Nov. 6 and the Clemson game Nov. 13 also would be considered, Dull said. "I think those four games would be interesting for television."
The NCAA, which this week won a stay of a federal court ruling that would give member institutions blanket freedom to negotiate television broadcasts of their games, said its members could negotiate for Sunday telecasts with CBS, ABC or Turner Broadcasting.
But the action won less than unanimous approval from the college sports community.
"They've got to be out of their minds," said Donald B. Canham, director of athletics at the University of Michigan. "One of the great things we have in this country is high school football on Friday night, the colleges on Saturday and the pros on Sunday. For us to take advantage of the misfortune that the pros are having is bush."
Canham said Sunday games would disrupt travel plans and hotel reservations for thousands of fans who plan weekends around Saturday college football games. "With all the problems we're having in intercollegiate athletics, to do something like this is really dumb. The University of Michigan would not move to Sunday . . ."
Similarly Mike Lude, director of athletics at No. 1-ranked University of Washington, said he opposes college football on Sundays. "We believe Sunday is very important in the lives of people in terms of their daily activities," Lude said.
Dean Billick, associate athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh, said Pittsburgh is considering the possibility of negotiating for Sunday football telecasts but no final decision has been made. Frank Broyles, athletic director at the University of Arkansas, said he's asking the school administration to consider the matter.