The woman whose complaint led to the athletic probation of Maryland basketball player Herman Veal said last night that she "thought it was finally over" until last Saturday, when she was awakened by a caller identifying himself as Coach Lefty Driesell. Driesell, she said, told her that her "name would be dragged through the mud" if she did not drop her charges that Veal had tried to make sexual advances to her on Oct. 5.
"What are you doing to me? Don't you know what tomorrow is?" the woman, a student at Maryland who requested anonymity, said Driesell told her.
"Tomorrow" was Maryland's final regular-season game, against Virginia.
"I was so surprised," the woman said. "I thought it was finally over."
Veal has publicly declined comment on the matter.
The woman said she complained to the university about Driesell's calls. Yesterday, sources at Maryland said the chancellor's office is planning to look into the allegations.
In an interview with Andy Barth of WMAR-TV-2 in Baltimore, Driesell said, "I never asked the girl to drop the complaint."
William Salmond, a lawyer who serves as director of the student legal aid office at Maryland, said the woman had "contacted us this week and expressed a concern about certain things that were said to her by the coach . . . if the statements made in the allegations were true, then the coach acted wholly inappropriately."
According to high university sources who asked not to be identified, the Veal case is now closed and the administration is concerned about the athletic department's role in university affairs.
If the woman's allegations about Driesell are true, Salmond said, "This is something that needs to be addressed at the highest levels of the university. Probably the chancellor's office will sit down with us."
Salmond said the chief issue he was dealing with was "what kind of conduct the university thinks is permissible from its employes."
The woman said she was hoping for a meeting with the chancellor, John B. Slaughter.
Reached yesterday before the team left for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament starting today in Atlanta, Driesell said, "I'm not going to comment till I talk to Edward Bennett Williams (a Washington attorney). He's going to represent me in this."
Williams, who also owns the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, was reported to be en route to spring training.
The woman said Driesell called her three times Saturday. Prior to this, she said, she had not spoken with him during the case.
The alleged calls came one day after the vice chancellor for student affairs upheld the action taken against Veal by a student judicial board in the case. Veal was immediately placed on disciplinary probation for the spring and fall semesters of 1983 and ordered to perform 24 hours of community service. The disciplinary probation makes Veal ineligible to compete in intercollegiate athletics until after the fall semester of 1983 (the middle of next December).
Veal's appeal process was not exhausted until Friday. According to sources, the Residence Board that heard Veal's case recommended a lighter penalty than the one that was approved by Gary M. Pavela, director of the Judicial Board and the person in charge of student discipline.
On Tuesday, at his weekly news conference, Driesell said, "If I've got anything to do with it, he'll (Veal) play Friday. Right now, it's out of my hands. But I've got a little bit of pull around here, and we'll see how much. That's all I'm going to say."
On Wednesday evening, Slaughter, who took office in January and is regarded as an avid fan of the basketball team, reviewed the decision by William Thomas, vice chancellor for student affairs, and confirmed it. Veal accompanied the team to Atlanta yesterday, and Driesell said the athlete would sit on the bench in street clothes with the team.
Athletic Director Dick Dull was reported en route to Atlanta for the tournament and was unavailable for comment.
Tim Gilmour, executive assistant to Slaughter, and Pavela declined comment concerning the allegations about Driesell.
After the woman complained, Pavela went to Dull and urged him to restrain Driesell. "The athletic department has handled the situation well in that regard," said Salmond.
The woman said she had not heard from Driesell since Saturday.
The woman said that the last time Driesell phoned, a friend told him to call the judicial programs office. He called there several times, sources said.