Miami announced Monday morning it will self-impose a postseason bowl ban for the second straight season, and as a result, Georgia Tech will represent the Coastal Division in the ACC championship game.
The school made the decision in response to an ongoing NCAA investigation, which began last year. Interim athletic director Blake James told the team of the decision Monday morning, two days after the Hurricanes became bowl eligible with their 40-9 win over USF.
Included in the decision-making: school president Donna Shalala, the office of the general counsel and athletic department leaders. Coach Al Golden has maintained repeatedly that he would have no say in the matter.
Miami said in a statement:
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.
No other self-imposed penalties have been issued at this time and to continue to protect the integrity of the inquiry. Miami plays at Duke on Saturday. With a win, the Hurricanes would have gotten the nod into their first ever ACC championship game. But because of the bowl ban, current Coastal leader Georgia Tech will get to go instead. The Jackets clinched at least a share of the Coastal last week with a win over Duke.
Georgia Tech will play Atlantic Division winner Florida State in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 1 for the conference title and automatic BCS spot.
We will have much more on this story later today.