Maryland Chancellor John B. Slaughter has received a report from the faculty committee reviewing basketball Coach Lefty Driesell's reported intervention in a disciplinary case of one of his players, and will now review the case himself before making an announcement, according to a university spokesman.
An announcement of Slaughter's final decision "is going to happen as quickly as he can do it," said Dennis Blumer, one of the chancellor's executive assistants.
The panel, comprising three faculty members, submitted its preliminary report Wednesday, Blumer said. There remains only "minor things to do (to the report) in the way of typos," he said.
An announcement is not expected before next week, sources said, citing a need for the review to be completed in privacy.
William Bradford of the business department, one of the faculty members, called the panel's task "a toughie." In addition to reviewing reports that Driesell had attempted to pressure a female student into dropping her complaint that player Herman Veal had attempted to force sexual attentions on her, the panel also was asked to look into leaks of confidential information in the Veal case, which had been heard by student judicial review boards.
"We did do a lot of work. It was very, very voluminous," said Bradford.
"I hope we have provided the information necessary for him (Slaughter) to make a decision," said Irwin Goldstein of the psychology department, chairman of the panel.
Athletic Director Dick Dull said he "would not want to speculate" on the panel's findings, but said he was "very pleased" with the group, which did not include a member of the athletic department. "I am not one who believes you need cross representation," he said. "I believe you need fair and equitable representation . . . fair-minded people."
Dull said he has a meeting with Slaughter next Wednesday, but it was a previously scheduled appointment, not related to the Driesell issue.