The Miami Hurricanes were not only bowl eligible for the 2012 NCAA Football season, but with one more win against the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday, the ‘Canes could have been playing for the ACC Championship against the Florida State Seminoles in less than two weeks. Thanks to an ongoing investigation by the NCAA for multiple violations, the Hurricanes have self imposed a postseason ban for the second straight season, meaning not only will they play in the ACC Championship Game, but they will forfeit any opportunity to play in any bowl game once again this year.
So much for getting excited, ‘Canes’ fans. Miami will not be playing in a bowl game again this season and, once they are hot with penalties from the NCAA, it may be another year or two before you see the Hurricanes playing in any sort of postseason game.
The latest announcement came in an official press release this morning.
“Considerable deliberation and discussion based on the status of the NCAA inquiry went into the decision-making process and, while acknowledging the impact that the decision will have on current student-athletes, coaches, alumni and fans, a determination was made that voluntarily withholding the football team from a second postseason was not only a prudent step for the University to take but will also allow for the football program and University to move forward in the most expedited manner possible.
“The University and President Shalala have been clear from the start of the inquiry that Miami will cooperate fully and will seek the truth, no matter where the path might lead and that the institution will be stronger because of it. The University has already taken proactive measures to ensure more strict compliance with NCAA rules and continues to evaluate further steps. “No other self-imposed penalties have been issued at this time and to continue to protect the integrity of the inquiry, the University will have no further comment.”
The move was not made by head coach Al Golden, and was reportedly out of his hands. It may be best, as it is often difficult for a head coach to have to penalize his players for something that was done by others who came before them. Still, the school and the current players are the ones who pay for the program’s past indiscretions. It may not be right, but it is the only way, at least according to the NCAA. Just ask Penn State, or Ohio State, or countless other major college football programs who are paying for past mistakes.
Either way, regardless of whether Miami beats Duke or not, that will be the final game of their 2012 season. They will not get a rematch against Florida State. They will not get an invitation to any bowl game, and the seniors will prepare to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, or the next aspect of their lives. This assures the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets the other spot in the ACC Championship Game to face the ‘Noles.
If that doesn’t spell a guarantee of FSU going to the Orange Bowl in Miami, ironically enough, then nothing will.
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