Maryland football coach Joe Krivak yesterday filled the vacancy on his staff by hiring former Kansas head coach Bob Valesente to be offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Valesente, 47, replaces Jim Cavanaugh, who resigned in December to go to North Carolina.
"We are very excited to have Coach Valesente joining our staff," Krivak said in a statement. "He brings to the program a tremendous amount of expertise and a diverse background that will enhance our growth towards continued national prominence."
Valesente's most recent experience was in Lawrence, Kan., where he tried to rebuild a program that had known little success in recent years. Under Mike Gottfried, the Jayhawks were 4-6-1, 5-6-1 and 6-6. Valesente took over when Gottfried moved on to Pittsburgh and the Jayhawks went 3-8 his first season and 1-9-1 last year, after which Valesente was fired.
The Kansas program had a history of players being ineligible, and the academic support for players was enhanced while Valesente was there. Among the rules he instituted was one whereby any player caught missing a class during the week did not play on Saturday. Last year was the first year in several where no player was ineligible at the start of the season. But, as is often the case, winning is the most important item, and the Jayhawks didn't. The one victory in 1987 was over Southern Illinois, while the tie came against Kansas State. One of the losses was to Kent State whose coach, Glen Mason, then replaced Valesente at Kansas.
Last year was Krivak's first as a head coach and, after spending five seasons calling plays from the press box, he took that responsibility with him to the field. Krivak received advice from coaches in the press box before calling the plays, and that apparently won't change.
Krivak also announced that Eddie Tomlin, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from Newport News, Va., by way of Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College, would enroll at Maryland in the fall.