Two penalties were self-assessed by the University of Maryland on their FB team this past season. Both were entirely within the domain of KA & RE. Neither makes any sense whatsoever unless the true intent of assessing the penalties was to create the impression that the program under RF was out of control.
Penalty #1 - the reduction in practice time. A ludicrous self-flagellation of a penalty. In terms of assessing the penalty, the University stated that they found NO evidence that anything was done wrong. This penalty was self-levied because unpaid volunteers for the FB team worked out in the same facility as FB players when FB players were working out. The FB players can sign up for and participate in voluntary workouts overseen by a strength & conditioning coordinator for up to X hours a week, these workouts were in addition to that and cannot be overseen by anyone connected to team management. It was clear from the Universities findings that all of the volunteers made it a point to work out on other machines and not even spot a FB player if requested - they knew the rules and adhered to them. A guideling released by the NCAA near the end of the 2010 season stated that if in doubt, make it a point to have team managers and such work-out elsewhere - not a rule, but a guideline to make sure the rule was adhered to. many of the instances cited in the AD's report occured before the guideline was released. Note also that KA was the AD at the point in time that the guideline was released and would have been ultimately responsible for adhering to it, even though he did not NEED to adhere to it. So the AD punished the FB team for NOTHING. Thems the facts.
penalty #2 - Scholarship Loss: MD had the highest failing score on the APR measure. Most AD's would appeal and point to upcoming improvements to avoid any scholarship loss. Instead MD self-assessed themselves THREE scholarships. Look at the next 12 schools who scored lower than us on the APR. Not one was assessed more than 2 scholarships and those schools had missed previous APRs. Most were assessed one scholarship or less - even those that allowed the NCAA to assess the penalty instead of self-suggesting.
My point is: please stop trying to paint the picture that RE inherited any penalties. He and KA self-suggested penalties far worse than the NCAA would have levied.
I am trying to have a more positive outlook towards the FB team, and if RE wants to pay 3x his own income taxes, then I would say that he is at least consistent. I think the lawyers on this board could point to a clear breach of fiduciary responsibility by KA/RE in handicapping the team in such a manner. The penalties were overwhelmingly (3 schollys + loss of practice time vs Maybe 1 scholly) of their own doing.
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