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COLLEGE PARK – The University of Maryland has self-reported an NCAA violation for exceeding the number of athletics-related hours during the 2011 fall semester, according to a release from the athletics department Saturday morning.
Student-athletes can participate in athletically related activities to a maximum of four hours per day and 20 hours per week, as stated in by the NCAA rulebook. The department reported an extra 1.25 hours per week last season.
Because the team self-reported these violations to both the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference, a 2-1 penalty will be enforced. There will be a weekly limit of 17.5 hours during the fall semester.
The department also admitted to some administrative interns being in attendance during non-mandatory summer workouts before last season. Because a majority of the coaching staff involved are no longer with the university, so the two retained coaches and staff members still employed will receive letters of admonishment.
"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."
This is the second NCAA violation self-reported by the Maryland football program since Edsall took over the team, although both took place under the watch of former head coach Ralph Friedgen. Earlier this year, the team lost three scholarships due to below-average academic progress rate scores.
"We have already put processes and controls in place to better ensure things like this don't happen in the future," athletic director Kevin Anderson said. "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."
The team will begin summer practice Aug. 9