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‘Canes self-impose a 2011 bowl ban

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In the past couple of weeks, there have been rumors percolating just below the surface that Miami would self-impose a bowl ban ahead of the NCAA handing down penalties connected to the Nevin Shapiro impermissible benefits imbroglio.

Sunday afternoon, those rumors came to fruition.

In a press release, Miami announced that the university “has made the decision to withhold the UM football team from bowl consideration following the 2011 regular season.”  The release went on to state that the decision to ban itself from a bowl game was made “in response to the ongoing NCAA inquiry and [UM has] informed both the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference of its decision.”

The players were informed of the school’s decision earlier today.  Miami, which is bowl eligible at 6-5, will play their final game of the 2011 season at home Friday against Boston College.

“We understand and share the disappointment that our student-athletes, coaches, staff, supporters and fans are feeling,” the release read, “but after lengthy discussions among University leaders, athletic administrators and outside counsel, it is a necessary step for our University. The University of Miami has not self-imposed any other penalties.”

For the time being, this is the only self-imposed sanction the university has levied on its football program.

The NCAA began an investigation into allegations that Shapiro, a former UM athletics booster, had provided millions of dollars in impermissible benefits to current and former Hurricanes football and basketball players, benefits that would constitute major violations.  Shapiro has been convicted of running a $930 million Ponzi scheme and was sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison this past June.

In late August, eight Hurricane football players were suspended for a varying amount of games this season after the NCAA found they had received impermissible benefits.

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17 Responses to “‘Canes self-impose a 2011 bowl ban”
  1. wvuandsteelers says: Nov 20, 2011 4:52 PM

    You know, before Penn State, this was considered to be about as bad as it gets in college football.

  2. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 20, 2011 5:00 PM

    This makes sense. Take a ban now when whatever bowl they may go to would be meaningless and hope in a year or 2 they have a meaningful bowl they wont face a ban for. Sucks for the seniors though. Kinda kicks sand in the eyes ofthe guys who didnt do anything wrong.

  3. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Nov 20, 2011 5:54 PM

    Why don’t they give the money back from last years bowl, like Ohio State did? Banning yourself is one thing, writing a check is another.

    Those rumors about Al Golden leaving are only going to get stronger as time goes by.

  4. frug says: Nov 20, 2011 6:16 PM

    You know, before Penn State, this was considered to be about as bad as it gets in college football.

    This may not be the coverup of a child molester, but Shapiro was (allegedly) paying players to intentionally injure their opponents. That’s the kind of stuff that can get players killed.

  5. mjm717 says: Nov 20, 2011 6:17 PM

    Agree with brewcrewfan. Miami clearly waited until they found out they would go to a nothing bowl and the monetary loss would be minimized. I don’t see this impressing the NCAA at all.

  6. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 20, 2011 6:24 PM

    I don’t think Golden is going to go anywhere. At least not until he thinks he knows what the NCAA is going to give them as punishment. Golden was a Penn St guy. If that job opened up without controversy I think he takes it. Right now I don’t think any high profile coach takes that radioactive gig.

  7. thekatman says: Nov 20, 2011 6:29 PM

    A self-imposed bowl ban from a school that doesnt have a chance to play in a real bowl game is a very, very minor mea culpa. How about ending the program for a year? Your motiv es are only self serving in that you hope the NCAA COI doesn’t levy the LOIC and/or FTM sancitons against your program, which it deserves…. Paul Dee should reimburse the university his complete benefits and salary packages during his time as AD during which the infraction have occured. He’s a hypocrite, a lier and a cheat. Hmmmm, sound familiar Oregon, Ohio State?

  8. pastabelly says: Nov 20, 2011 6:32 PM

    In other words, they didn’t want to play a bowl game on blue plastic or in one named after a car parts company. This is news?

  9. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 20, 2011 6:38 PM

    It is a minor mea culpa but it’s worth a shot. Again though it’s worth a shot for the program, it does nothing for the current group of seniors, which is where the shame of it is.

  10. mgscott says: Nov 20, 2011 6:45 PM

    That’s too bad. Now they can’t play in some crappy bowl game. I remember when the U was actually worth talking about.

  11. tomtravis76 says: Nov 20, 2011 7:09 PM

    End the program, are you kidding, go to any campus and this stuff goes on. Kids lost games, kids paid money back and the school is losing revenue from a bowl game.

    You know who needs to end their program, Penn State. Football and the money clearly became more important than anything else for that school. They should not be allowed to field a D1 program in football for at least 5 – 10 years, make it a club sport in Happy Valley.

  12. 305fan says: Nov 20, 2011 7:27 PM

    thekatman says:
    Nov 20, 2011 6:29 PM
    A self-imposed bowl ban from a school that doesnt have a chance to play in a real bowl game is a very, very minor mea culpa. How about ending the program for a year? Your motiv es are only self serving in that you hope the NCAA COI doesn’t levy the LOIC and/or FTM sancitons against your program, which it deserves…. Paul Dee should reimburse the university his complete benefits and salary packages during his time as AD during which the infraction have occured. He’s a hypocrite, a lier and a cheat. Hmmmm, sound familiar Oregon, Ohio State?

    You are an idiot!

  13. paulydefense says: Nov 21, 2011 12:51 AM

    They waited until now to announce that they wouldn’t accept a bowl invite because they hadn’t become bowl-eligible until Saturday, not because they knew it would be a lower bowl game.

    How dumb would Miami have looked if they came out and said they wouldn’t go to a bowl if they never became eligible?

  14. innerlign says: Nov 21, 2011 9:42 AM

    It is sad that the current players are getting punished so that the Miami brass can save face and their hide. Shameful program from top to bottom.

  15. tomtravis76 says: Nov 21, 2011 11:20 AM

    innerlign ,

    Do you even know what the word shameful means?

  16. georgeanderson2 says: Nov 21, 2011 11:40 AM

    You know what is “shameful”, that a bunch of kids were taken advantage of by a guy who ran a 900 million dollar ponzi scheme, and they are made out to be the worst people in this investigation.

    You know what is really shameful, trying to sell your kid the highest bidder.

    You know what is shameful, covering up the abuse of kids in favor of your football programs reputation.

    Understand the word “shameful”and the context.

  17. rcali says: Nov 22, 2011 10:40 AM

    Nice try Miami.

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