Andy Geiger, the athletic director at Stanford, will be named today as athletic director at the University of Maryland, according to university and other collegiate sources. The appointment is expected to be announced at an afternoon news conference.
Geiger, 50, has run the athletic program at Stanford since 1979. According to university sources, he was approached by Maryland's search committee in the last week and decided to accept the job a short time later.
When he would officially begin at Maryland had not yet been determined last night.
"It depends on what kind of deal he makes with his people" at Stanford, said one source.
Geiger was scheduled to be in Denver last night for Stanford's football game against Colorado but went back to California to inform his staff of his decision. He could not be reached for comment.
Members of Maryland's search committee would not confirm that there will be a news conference today.
However, one of the other candidates for the job, former basketball star Len Elmore, said he was told of the selection yesterday.
"I guess I'd have to say that I'm a little disappointed but I certainly will stand behind him and the athletic department," he said in a telephone interview from his home in New York. "I don't know much about Andy Geiger but Stanford certainly is a quality institution."
The Maryland athletic director's job became vacant July 9 when Lew Perkins resigned to take a similar position at Connecticut. University president William E. Kirwan announced the formation of a search committee to replace Perkins three days later.
On July 23, the school named associate athletic director and lacrosse coach Sue Tyler as interim athletic director. Since then the committee, chaired by William Thomas Jr., vice president of student affairs, formulated a list of candidates that reportedly included Elmore, and four athletic directors: East Carolina's Dave Hart Jr., Cory Johnson of Long Beach State, Charles Harris of Arizona State and Oval Jaynes of Colorado State. Geiger was not mentioned.
During his final days at Maryland, Perkins struggled to come to grips with a number of crises, including financial problems, NCAA sanctions against the basketball team and political infighting between members of the administration and athletic department.
Ironically, Geiger has fought a number of the same battles at Stanford. Reportedly he recently was asked to raise $7 million for scholarships. The school also has been hit by a 15 percent across-the-board budget reduction.
"He's fought a lot of good fights and made a lot of tough decisions," said a West Coast friend of Geiger. The friend added that Geiger wasn't leaving Stanford because of those problems but rather for the "fresh challenge" of being at Maryland.
Geiger has been an athletic administrator for 26 years. A 1961 graduate of Syracuse, he became an assistant athletic director at the school three years later. He stayed for six years before becoming athletic director at Brown.
He served at Brown until 1975 when he went to Penn. During his four-year tenure there, the Quakers earned a trip to the 1979 NCAA men's basketball Final Four.
Geiger also has served as the chairman of NCAA football television committee and the Division I basketball committee. Recently he was a finalist for the job of commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, which went to Roy Kramer.