COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has self-reported secondary NCAA violations in football from last season under the previous coaching staff that will limit practice time for this year’s fall semester and limit involvement by interns for fall practice.
The athletics department reported violations in regards to the number of countable athletically-related hours that student-athletes had during the 2010 fall semester. In addition, some administrative interns involved with football were in attendance during non-mandatory summer workouts prior to last season.
“We’re disappointed that this happened,” said first-year head coach Randy Edsall. “It’s important to me that we always abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the NCAA. We have put a plan in place to deal with this situation, and I’m glad we can now begin to put this behind us. We’re looking forward to August 9 when we get on the field for the first day of preseason practice.”
In the process of self-reporting the violations to the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference, the athletics department suggested self-imposed penalties and remedies that will be in place for the upcoming season. The athletics department learned Friday these penalties were accepted by the NCAA.
“We have already put processes and controls in place to better ensure things like this don’t happen in the future,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “It’s fundamental to me and to the department that we operate with integrity and do things the right way as we move forward. Our view is that we need to deal with the past so we can be better tomorrow.”
In response to exceeding the countable hours last year, the football team will be limited to 17-1/2 hours of athletically-related activities per week during the semester. This is a 2-for-1 penalty imposed since the department reported that an extra 1-1/4 hours per week were used last season over the 20 allowed. This penalty will be imposed only during weeks when fall classes are in session.
Because the majority of coaches and staff involved are no longer employed by the institution, letters of admonishment will be sent to the two retained football coaches and all non-coaching staff members still employed.
In regards to summer activities, the football administrative interns will be restricted from observing and participating in on-field activities during the preseason practice period in August. The graduate assistants will be prohibited from participating in the first 16 practices in August, also a self-imposed 2-for-1 penalty.
Rules-education sessions regarding playing and practice-season regulations, as well as rules involving permissible and non-permissible summer activities, will be conducted with all football student-athletes, coaches and football-related staff.