So much for it being a safe day to take a nap. Here’s a look at two football-related items from College Park.
ITEM No. 1
The ACC approved medical hardship waivers for senior Kenny Tate, junior Isaiah Ross, sophomore Matt Robinson and freshman Tyrek Cheeseboro.
This could best be described as paperwork news.
Here’s why: Based on NCAA rules, a player who appears in 30 percent or less of his team’s games and does not play in the second half of the season because of injury is eligible for a medical hardship waiver. The NCAA rounds that number up, so in football a player can appear in four games during the first half of a 12- or 13-game schedule and still be eligible.
Tate started four games. Ross started the opener and got hurt. Robinson played in three games. And Cheeseboro played in three games.
Cheeseboro’s last game was Oct. 15 against Clemson, Maryland’s sixth game. None of the other three played after the season’s first four games.
So long as the waiver request was filed for all four —- none of whom had redshirted earlier in their careers —- this was the likely bureaucratic outcome.
ITEM No. 2
Maryland reassigned offensive coordinator Gary Crowton to a non-coaching administrative role. Crowton will receive up to $125,000 over the next three months and will not return to Maryland for the 2012 season.
Crowton’s departure was already assured. This just sorts out the financial details.
Crowton agreed to a three-year deal worth $1.5 million to become Maryland’s offensive coordinator. He just wrapped up his first season, but news emerged Wednesday he would not return. As of Wednesday night, the university’s legal office did not possess a signed copy of Crowton’s contract.
In any case, Crowton potentially gets what amounts to three months salary ($125,000 is a quarter of the $500,000 he would have been paid next year) to secure a landing place. In other words, Crowton’s job for the next three months is to find a new job.
What does Crowton get out of it? Time to get a new gig and a new contract somewhere else. Maybe he’ll even put ink to paper the next time around.
What does Maryland get out of it? Not paying most of the money it agreed to give Crowton over the next two years, whether he signed his contract or not (coaches often work under a document called a memorandum of understanding that outlines basic portions of a deal).
The school’s financial relationship with Crowton will presumably be concluded by the time spring practice starts, and it won’t pay for multiple offensive coordinators for more than a few months. That sure beats paying two head coaches $2 million apiece, as was the case in 2011.
—- Patrick Stevens