The chancellor's office at the University of Maryland is likely to use a review panel to look into a complaint by a female student that basketball Coach Lefty Driesell tried to pressure her into withdrawing allegations made to the student judicial program regarding a player, sources said yesterday.
Indications yesterday were that the panel will be either three or four people, and will represent a wide segment of the campus community. The sources said it was unlikely the university would release the names of panel members or who would be called, because it wants to keep the review confidential.
The panel will focus on Driesell's role after the appeals process was exhausted in the disciplinary case of player Herman Veal and on leaks of information from student judicial proceedings, which are supposed to be confidential.
The woman said she complained to university police that Driesell telephoned her apartment three times on March 5. She said Driesell told her that her "name would be dragged through the mud" if the complaint that Veal tried to force sexual attentions on her was not dropped.
Driesell has declined to say whether he telephoned the woman, but has denied exerting pressure.
Veal will be eligible for the entire 1983-84 season, because his current disciplinary probation ends at the conclusion of the second session of summer school, and not at the end of the fall semester of 1983, according to two sources with access to the Veal decision.
According to his new lawyer, Stuart J. Robinson, Veal had considered filing a motion in Prince George's County Circuit Court this week, so he could get an injunction against the university and play in the NCAA tournament.
"We thought about it, we prepared a motion and copies were forwarded to the appropriate people, but we decided not to go this route," Robinson said. He said the decision was Veal's, but Driesell had "some guidance and input."