William Salmond, an attorney representing the woman who has complained that Maryland basketball Coach Lefty Driesell tried to pressure her into withdrawing allegations of sexual misconduct against one of his players, yesterday said he will ask the university to look into other allegations of involvement by Driesell.
Over the weekend Ed Aulisi, a football player at Maryland, and Taylor Baldwin, a former basketball player and current student, said Driesell had questioned them about the woman. Aulisi said the questions dealt with the woman's past and Baldwin said Driesell "wanted to know what kind of girl she was."
The woman had complained that last Oct. 5 Herman Veal, a junior cocaptain of the basketball team, had tried to force sexual attentions on her. As a result, Veal was placed on disciplinary probation through the fall semester of 1983 and thus lost his athletic eligibility. After Veal lost his final appeal, the woman said Driesell called her three times and said her "name would be dragged through the mud" if she did not drop the complaint.
"The one issue before the university is that of Mr. Driesell's conduct, not only in the calls but in his subsequent behavior," said Salmond, director of the university's student legal aid office. "We are going to ask that each and every instance be vigorously pursued by the university."
Asked about the statements by Baldwin and Aulisi, Salmond said, "I am aware of the contact."
Driesell, who has previously refused to comment on whether he called the woman but has said he did not pressure her, said yesterday, "I can't have any comment about any of that stuff. The truth about the whole thing will come out in the end."
In response to unsubstantiated rumors that he was calling a press conference to announce his retirement, Driesell said, "No way I'm quitting. Why should I quit? I've said all along I'll quit when we start losing, and we ain't losing."
Driesell said he would have a press conference early in the week, but that it would be to discuss strictly basketball.
Salmond said that although he has "full confidence" in Athletic Director Dick Dull, he hopes to meet today or Tuesday with Chancellor John B. Slaughter as well as Dull. Saturday, Dull said he would look into the woman's complaint that Driesell had called her and applied pressure for her to withdraw her complaint, saying, "The question is whether Coach Driesell attempted to intimidate a young girl."
"My hope is that it (an investigation) would be done under joint auspices (of the athletic department and chancellor's office)," Salmond said. "I think Dick Dull has been a champion of integrity in athletics, but I feel strongly that it should be a joint project.
"The public outcry has been such that it goes to the very heart and conscience of the university."
A high university source said yesterday that the university had not yet decided how to pursue the investigation. Salmond said that was also his understanding.
Slaughter could not be reached for comment.