Maryland Athletic Director Andy Geiger said yesterday the evaluation process that will help determine football coach Joe Krivak's future will begin with a meeting Monday following the Terrapins' season finale at Virginia.

Krivak, in the final year of a four-year contract he signed in 1987, has a career record of 17-25-1. Since he began as athletic director on Oct. 1, Geiger has insisted no decision would be made on retaining Krivak until the conclusion of the season. The decision to wait was made in part because Geiger felt to do otherwise would place him "in the way" of Krivak's game preparation.

"We haven't interrupted the season for him to take time -- even something like a day or two -- to address this," Geiger said. "I want to talk to him, to see what his game plan is. The evaluation is meant to be inclusive. That's the fair and straightforward way to do it."

Geiger said he expected that the evaluation process would take place over a period of time but that there was no specific time frame for a decision to be made. Geiger insisted that he wasn't leaning one way or the other on the decision.

"If you talk to anyone, in here {Cole Field House}, down at the other end of campus or anywhere out in Terrapin-land you'll get a wide spectrum of views," Geiger said. "It's not a single sound, it's a cacophony. I have strong desire to do what's right, so why not spend some time under which everyone can talk candidly about the situation? Deciding well, correctly and soundly is the game plan."

A number of coaches have been mentioned as possible replacements for Krivak, most notably Dennis Green, who worked with Geiger at Stanford. However, Geiger said he hasn't talked with Green since he came to Maryland.

"There have been no shortage of rumors -- there are nine million of them -- but they are all unfounded," Geiger said. "Dennis Green is in the second year of a five-year contract and the chances of his leaving California are nil. . . . We won't talk of the future until the present is finished."

Similarly, Geiger would not specify which issues would be discussed with Krivak.

There is a contingent that insists Krivak isn't dynamic enough to lead the Maryland program, affecting areas from recruiting to motivating his players. Some critics point to one statistic to make their case: Maryland has scored just 19 third-quarter points all season. Some say that is an indication the Terrapins haven't been prepared to play at the beginning of the second half of their games.

"I wish I could explain that," Krivak said. "I think the kids are ready to play. I think if you look at it overall, we've struggled to score points all season {Maryland is averaging 16.8 points per game}. It's one thing if the players go out on the field and the other team does something they haven't seen before, but that's not the case.

"If we make a physical mistake -- miss a block or throw an interception -- that's something else entirely and there's nothing I can do about that. Personality-wise, I am what I am. I've been in this business 36 years. People have seen me operate. I'm going to be me. If I try to be what I'm not, that would be phony and hypocritical."

Krivak and Geiger also will discuss on-field situations, like the go-ahead touchdown in Penn State's 24-10 victory over Maryland last Saturday. The Nittany Lions took control when, on a fourth-and-21 play, Tony Sacca hit David Daniels with a 30-yard touchdown pass.

After the game, in which Maryland had just 236 yards of offense, 97 in the second half, a number of Penn State defensive players said their task was made easier because the Terrapins offense began on the same snap count all game.

Geiger acknowledges the difficult circumstances under which the coach has worked during his tenure. Krivak began as head coach the year after the death of basketball star Len Bias, a situation from which Maryland is still trying to recover.

The school's athletic facilities are also considered to be the worst among the ACC and other major regional schools, like Penn State and West Virginia, that Maryland competes against.

In the last few seasons, Maryland also has raised its academic standards, causing more than one coach to complain that athletes who can't be admitted to the College Park campus end up beating the Terrapins as members of other teams. Virginia all-American wide receiver Herman Moore, for example, visited Maryland but was deemed inadmissible.

"You tell people that and they don't believe it," said one of Maryland's football coaches. "The perception of things has places like Virginia 'up there' and us 'down here,' but that's not how it is."

Krivak said recently that given all the circumstances he inherited, he didn't believe that anyone could have done a better job than his staff the last four years.

"You can agree or disagree but you have to ask what the facts are," Krivak said after his weekly press conference yesterday. "Whether I'm here or not, when I look back over the four years I think I'll be able to say I did a good job."