Maryland football penalized by NCAA

Maryland football penalized by NCAA
April 2, 2011, 7:19 pm
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As a result of its academic progress rate, which is a measuring stick used by the NCAA to indicate how well programs move student-athletes towards graduation, the University of Maryland football team will lose three scholarships for the 2011-12 season. The Terps' 2009-2010 APR of 922 fell three points below the cut score for potential NCAA penalties. An APR score of 925 usually indicates a 50 graduation rate.

We already have a system in place to deal with and rectify the situation, first-year coach Randy Edsall said in a statement released by the university.

The NCAA will release further APR reports and data this spring, per its normal procedures.

The APR gives us a four-year look at past performance, which unfortunately was not as good as we would have liked, director of athletics Kevin Anderson noted in the university-issued statement. We do feel, though, that with changes in our staffs and processes, we will get a fresh perspective on how best to ensure we reach and surpass our goals academically in the future.

Edsall is in his first year after taking over for Ralph Friedgen who oversaw the Terrapin gridiron program from 2001 through 2010.