|Miami's seniors (pictured above) will miss the postseason for the second straight season. (US Presswire)|
For the second straight season, Miami will forego the postseason in the wake of the ongoing NCAA investigation. The Hurricanes (6-5, 4-3 ACC) not only became bowl eligible with a win over South Florida on Saturday, but could clinch a share of the ACC Costal Division title with a win over Duke in the regular season finale.
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Miami coach Al Golden was not a part of the decision-making process since he has not been made aware of the details regarding the NCAA investigation. The call came once again from President Donna Shalala, and leaders within the athletic department.
The announcement was made in an official release Monday 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."
Al Golden told media members during his Sunday availability that "no decision" had been made at the time, but understood that the call whether to self-impose another postseason ban was out of his hands.
"It's not really about what I feel,” Golden told reporters. "There's not one coach sitting in this chair that wouldn't want to continue to get the bowl practices and move the team forward and have a chance to win more games. But that's just taking football into account. That's not really talking about the long-term thinking or those types of things. Anything that's going to allow us to move faster and choose the best path for the program, I'm all on board with."
As far as the ACC Coastal Division race goes, this locks Georgia Tech (6-5, 5-3 ACC) in as the Coastal Division representative in the ACC Championship Game. The Yellow Jackets will face Florida State, the representative from the Atlantic Division, in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 1.
For much more analysis and all the latest from the ACC, check out the ACC RapidReports from Shawn Krest and Shawn Bielawski
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