What some consider Maryland's biggest game of the regular season apparently will not be televised live in the Washington-Baltimore area. Michigan gets 105,000 for almost every home game and isn't wild about broadcast rights even for the visiting team's market. So unless a local station makes a late-week pitch, Maryland-Michigan will be seen only Home Team Sports, delayed until 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Randy Hoffman, Maryland's associate director of athletics, said Channel 45 or Channel 20 could try to pick up the game, but that it's probably too late for it to be shown on closed circuit on the College Park campus.
Stan Gelbaugh's reversal was completed yesterday when the Maryland quarterback was named the Atlantic Coast Conference offensive back of the week for completing 15 of 23 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns in the 28-0 victory over West Virginia. The offensive lineman of the week was Duke's Roy Brabson.
Maryland starting defensive right guard Neal Sampson could be cleared Wednesday to play Saturday at Michigan. His sprained right knee kept him out of the West Virginia game, but it could have been a lot worse if not for the knee brace most players nowadays are required to wear. "I'm lucky I had my brace on, the doctors told me, or I'd have sprayed my knee all over Sullivan Stadium (against Boston College Sept. 14)," he said.
Coach Bobby Ross said he didn't even bother to look at Michigan's 34-3 victory over South Carolina last Saturday, which was televised nationally before Maryland's game with West Virginia. "I don't expect Michigan to be anything other than a usual great Michigan team," he explained. "They really dominated South Carolina. The score could have been worse than that."
Coach Bo Schembechler said yesterday he didn't expect his Wolverines to play that well at South Carolina, but that he doesn't know exactly how good South Carolina is. Who does? The Gamecocks were ranked in the top 20 primarily because of last year's 10-2 record. So far this season, they have beaten only Division I-AA The Citadel and Appalachian State.
Schembechler says he does know how good Maryland is.