The Atlantic Coast Conference will consider dropping its controversial 19-foot, three-point field goal for the league's championship tournament in March.
Conference athletic directors will meet in Innisbrook, Fla., Feb. 10-12, and vote whether to keep the rule, which they adopted, 7-1, last spring at the request of the basketball coaches. The ACC was the first conference to vote in both a shot clock and a three-point goal. Every other major conference, except the Metro and Pacific-10, subsequently voted in one or both.
Dick Dull, director of athletics at Maryland, said yesterday that adopting the three-point shot "was a mistake" and that he is prepared to vote it out.
"It was ill-advised," Dull said. "When we've got 6-11 centers making 19-footers with ease, it's too easy a shot for which to award three points."
Last spring, Duke was the only school to vote against the 30-second shot clock and three-point field goal. The experimental rules were adopted less than two months after Virginia and North Carolina, ranked Nos. 1 and 2 nationally at the time, were criticized for stalling away much of the ACC tournament final.
Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell, vocal in his support of adopting the rules last year, has said repeatedly this season that he strongly dislikes the three-point shot.
"We won a game Saturday night with the three-point shot," Dull said, referring to Maryland's win over N.C. State. "But it is still a mistake."
The coaches have not complained about the 30-second clock, and it could be retained for the ACC tournament March 11-13. The NCAA championship tournament, which begins a week later, will be played under traditional rules.