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Maryland Terrapins football penalized for practice violations

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The University of Maryland football program has been penalized after reporting secondary NCAA violations that occurred during the 2010 season, the school said in a release.

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The Terrapins will have their practice time cut by 2 1/2 hours per week after the school reported that they had gone over the NCAA-sanctioned amount of practice time last season.

"It's important to me that we always abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the NCAA," Terrapins head football coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. "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."

Edsall is going into his first year as the coach of the Terrapins. The violations occurred under the watch of former head coach Ralph Friedgen, who was fired following the 2010 season.

The university proposed the sanctions in response to their violations, terms which the NCAA accepted.

In addition to the cut practice time, football administrative interns will be barred from viewing or participating in preseason practices entirely, while graduate assistant coaches will be forced to miss the first 16 practices in August.

"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.

The football program is already facing a reduction in scholarships due to poor academic performance two seasons ago.

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