Posted by Chip Patterson
As Maryland's new head football coach, Randy Edsall is trying to put in place new standards and practices that will mark his era as the face of the Terps' program. Unfortunately, he will still have to deal with some of the consequences from the old regime. Maryland's football program will lose three scholarships for the 2011-2012 season for failure to meet the NCAA standards on Academic Progress Rate (APR). Maryland's football APR score from 2009-2010 will be 922, three points below the 925 mark for avoiding penalties.
"We already have a system in place to deal with and rectify the situation," Edsall said in an official release. The APR was created by the NCAA to measure real-time academic progress over a four year span. The numbers are calculated annually, and Maryland's score will reflect the performance from 2006-2007 to 2009-2010.
"The APR gives us a four-year look at past performance, which unfortunately was not as good as we would have liked," said athletic director Kevin Anderson. "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 has already made headlines for his conduct and appearance changes to the football program. Gone are baseball caps, do-rags, and earrings from the Gossett Football Team House. Players may have facial hair, but only if it is neatly trimmed. It is all part of a stricter approach that includes a strong focus on academics.