Maryland's 35-30 upset victory over Virginia on Saturday is a pleasant memory and today Terrapins football coach Joe Krivak and new athletic director Andy Geiger will begin their previously scheduled series of meetings that will help determine the coach's future with the school.

"I have to see what's what; if things are going to get better or worse," said Krivak, who has a 18-25-1 record during a four-year contract that ends this season. "There's a new administration. I would think there will be an exchange of ideas both ways. We'll talk about what he envisions and what I envision. We've had some conversations but they've been limited -- now we'll have a chance to explore some things."

Geiger said his talks with Krivak will be akin to the two men "interviewing each other." There will be a number of topics on the agenda, including philosophies on personnel, budget planning and academic standards.

Academic matters and scheduling are likely to be two of the more volatile topics of discussion. During the season, Krivak argued that Maryland has been hamstrung by increased academic standards and a schedule that afforded little margin for error and put a premium on depth.

Geiger points out that Maryland is virtually locked into its schedule well past 2000. Already forced to include new Atlantic Coast Conference member and national power Florida State, Geiger wants to retain nonconference games against opponents such as West Virginia and Penn State and look west of the Mississippi River for new opponents such as Missouri.

As to academics, Geiger has expressed a willingness to explore avenues of relief but said: "I'm not sure if there's very much that we can do about that. . . . I do want to learn from {Krivak} what his needs are. Any subject is up and open and available to talk about -- that's what I want to do."

Geiger is aware that Krivak and some members of his staff are concerned about having to play against some star players who did not meet the entrance requirements at Maryland.

One topic that probably won't be discussed is a 1990 bowl game for the Terrapins. Geiger said yesterday that a bowl game "I think, is not possible."

Saturday's victory improved the Terrapins' record to 6-5 (4-3 in the ACC), the team's first winning season in five years. It also was Maryland's first victory over a top 10 team since a 1984 triumph over Miami.

Four of Maryland's five losses were to top 20 teams (Clemson, Michigan, Georgia Tech and Penn State). Krivak had hoped that Saturday's upset of Virginia and its winning record despite a difficult schedule might sway bowl organizers. But Geiger said the Terrapins were victims of bad timing.

"I talked to the conference office twice with people who know about such things and it appears everything is already locked up," Geiger said. "North Carolina is a backup for the Peach Bowl; there may be a spot in the Independence Bowl, but neither North Carolina or Maryland could go because it's in the middle of exam week.

"North Carolina State {which lost to Maryland and also finished with a 6-5 record} is playing in the All-American Bowl, but that's a circumstance of timing because they finished their schedule last week. Bowls always want to lock up their spots as early as possible."

The win over Virginia was compelling, but Maryland's excitement is tempered by the knowledge that it probably would have garnered a postseason invitation had it reversed an 18-17 decision against Clemson or not played so poorly in a 34-10 loss to North Carolina.

"You can't divorce yourself from the fact that last Saturday was a very enjoyable, visibly strong statement for the football program," said Geiger. "But that doesn't mean that the memories of Chapel Hill have disappeared. That wasn't a happy day; that was a tough one to get over."

There also will be discussions on what each man expects from a head coach. While consensus holds that Krivak is a fine individual, faltering attendance suggests he isn't a dynamic enough coach to get Maryland football back to where it was under Bobby Ross..

"Is that arguing style over substance? I don't believe in style over substance -- I believe in style and substance," said Geiger. "But it is a $3 million program and I do want somebody with a certain amount of dynamicism. I think a lot is expected of me and in turn of a head coach in that regard."

The low-key Krivak has said that he isn't going to try to become something he's not, which is why one day after his biggest victory he was just looking forward to a little time off.

"This has been a tough year; I'm looking forward to getting some rest and to Thanksgiving," he said. "I want to spend some time with my family, relax and maybe get some sleep."