Even though Maryland is only 4-3, with games left against North Carolina, Miami, Clemson and Virginia, at least one bowl is interested in having the Terrapins -- the Aloha in Honolulu.
Mackay Yanagisawa, executive director of the Aloha Bowl, said last night that Maryland is "very high on our list." He figures the Terrapins are sure to receive a bowl bid if they can finish 7-4.
Yanagisawa said his concern is Maryland, even with a 7-4 record, could wind up going to a "bigger bowl." He said he liked having Maryland in the Aloha in 1982 and was pleased with Coach Bobby Ross. "They gave us a great game (a 21-20 loss to Washington) and Bobby Ross is a heckuva coach," Yanagisawa said. "But I think after this week, several bowls could be as interested as we are."
Meanwhile, back in College Park, the Terrapins were unconcerned about bowl games, but very involved with preparations for North Carolina. The defensive line, which has been playing especially well lost senior guard Greg Thompson, whose injured knee will keep him out of Saturday's game at North Carolina, Ross said. The nature and degree of Thompson's injury won't be determined until today, when he is examined by team physician Stanford Lavine.
Thompson, Maryland's fifth-leading tackler this season, injured the knee Saturday against Duke and yesterday was walking with a knee corset. Tommy Parker, who is returning from an ankle injury, and Neal Sampson -- both of whom have played a lot this season -- are two of the players Ross is considering using to replace Thompson.
Kevin Donas, a starter at outside linebacker, underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments in his knee, an injury Ross said doctors described as "bad." It will be months before Donas, a junior, can even begin to rehabilitate.
Senior defensive back Gil Hoffman's sprained ankle has made him questionable for Saturday's game.