OBITUARY: Leon "Red" Romo, an athletic trainer for the U.S. Naval Academy for 41 years, died Sunday at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis after suffering a stroke on May 21.

Romo, who served as the Midshipmen's head trainer from 1956 until his retirement in May 1997, was 78. While at Navy, Romo worked with team physician Jack Anders on developing the cervical strap attached to football helmets to prevent the head from being pushed excessively forward or backward.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Naval Academy Chapel.

TERRAPIN INVITATION: The Maryland men's basketball team will host San Francisco on Nov. 17 in the first round of the 15th preseason National Invitation Tournament. The Maryland-San Francisco winner will face the Fordham-Tulane winner on Nov. 19. If Maryland advances to the quarterfinals, the Terrapins face a potential showdown with Kentucky at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 24.

FORDHAM HIRES HILL: Fordham hired former NBA coach Bob Hill to replace Nick Macarchuk, who resigned in June. Hill, 50, will take over a basketball program that hasn't appeared in the NCAA tournament since 1992 and finished 12-14 last season.

Hill went 257-212 in parts of seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs.