The Washington Times - July 2, 2011, 11:24AM

Maryland announced Saturday it imposed practice restrictions on its football program for this fall as a response to secondary violations it self-reported to the NCAA.

The school found the team had 1.25 more hours per week of athletic-related activities than the 20 permitted by the NCAA last season under former coach Ralph Friedgen. As a result, the Terrapins will give up 2.5 hours each week this season while class is in session during the fall semester.

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Maryland also found administrative interns in the program attended non-mandatory summer workouts prior to last season.  The school banned administrative interns from participating in on-field activities during preseason practice this fall, and will also prevent graduate assistants from participating in the first 16 practices in August.

Both sets of penalties act as 2-for-1 penalties – giving up twice as much time as the program gained a year ago.

The school said it learned Friday the NCAA deemed its self-imposed punishment acceptable.

Patrick Stevens