The NCAA yesterday notified the University of Maryland that it has accepted the institution's self-imposed penalties and will levy no additional sanctions against Coach Gary Williams and his men's basketball staff for observing preseason pickup games in the fall of 1989 and for issuing workout gear in violation of NCAA rules last summer.

The self-imposed penalties included a five-day delay in the start of practice this season and reprimands to Williams and the staff members involved. Athletic Director Andy Geiger yesterday declined to be more speific about the reprimands.

"Please note that the {Committee on Infractions} has accepted the university's actions as appropriate in this matter and concluded that no additional penalty should be imposed by the committee," said the letter signed by David Berst, the NCAA's assistant executive director for enforcement.

Williams, when the practice issue became public last winter, said that he had observed two pickup games involving his players prior to the official Oct. 15 starting date for practice.

But he and his staff members maintained they did not organize or conduct practices before Oct. 15, as at least three individuals said in statements to the Maryland compliance office.

In the university's report to the NCAA, Geiger said the institution concluded "there were no practices conducted other than those observations {of the pickup games}, and the observations were very brief."

"I'm just glad it's over," said Williams, starting his second season as coach. "I have my own feelings over this. I know what I've stood for in 20 years {as a coach}. I know what I do is right. I don't need this to feel vindicated. I came into a situation here that was very tough for a lot of reasons. There were a lot of things that needed to be done, and now we can move ahead for the first time. It's a good feeling."

Geiger said the NCAA's decision to accept Maryland's self-imposed penalties means "we're moving forward in terms of compliance" and institutional control. He said Berst pointed this out "in a private letter" to the university. Geiger said it was unclear whether this letter would be released publicly.

Campus President William E. Kirwan praised Geiger's handling of the matter, which occurred in early October during his first week on the job.

"The leadership displayed by Athletic Director Andy Geiger in this matter was critical to the result," Kirwan said in a statement.

The observation of pickup games normally is handled in a low-key manner by the NCAA, but it became a larger issue because they occurred at the same time the NCAA enforcement staff was wrapping up its investigation into allegations of NCAA violations that occurred during the three-year tenure of Bob Wade, Williams's predecessor.

In March, the Committee on Infractions imposed a three-year probation on the men's basketball program, including a ban from appearing live on television this season and from the NCAA tournament for two years, starting this season.