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Maryland Football Tells On Itself, Then Punishes Itself

Apparently, the Maryland football program self-reported some secondary violations that occurred during Ralph Friedgen's final year in College Park. Via Terrapins insider:

The University of Maryland has self-imposed penalties that include limiting football practice time during the fall semester because of secondary violations that occurred last season under then-coach Ralph Friedgen, the school announced Saturday morning.

The violations involved the "countable athletically-related hours" that players had during the 2010 fall semester. The athletic department found that an extra 1.25 hours per week were used last season over the permissible 20 hours per week. The release also said "some administrative interns involved with football also were in attendance during non-mandatory summer workouts prior to last season."

As I understand it, Maryland told the NCAA and the ACC about these secondary violations, and then also suggested what penalties should happen to the program because of the violations. Seems like the NCAA and ACC were A-OK with what Maryland suggested, and now the program will lose some time with their student-athletes in addition to restricting some previous access to "football administrative interns". And, I swear I'm not making this up, "letters of admonishment" will be sent to the two Friedgen leftovers on the coaching staff as well as all non-coaching staff members.

What does Coach Excitement, Randy Edsall, have to say about all of this?

"We're disappointed that this happened," Edsall said in the release. "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 am glad we can now begin to put this behind us. We are looking forward to August 9, when we get on the field for the first day of preseason practice."

Dream job indeed, Randy. Cue the Gary Wright.