Nov 1, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden looks on during a game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Miami Enforces Bowl Ban; Georgia Tech Will Play in ACC Championship

Miami’s regular season finale against Duke was to determine first place in the ACC Coastal division, but if the Hurricanes win it will come with an asterisk. Miami athletic administrators have decided to enforce a self-imposed bowl ban for a second consecutive season, the university announced in a press release on Monday.

The decision to forego a bowl bid, and thus a potential ACC championship game appearance, means Georgia Tech will face Florida State for the conference’s automatic berth into the Bowl Championship Series on Dec. 1.

Miami’s decision to enforce a bowl ban is the result of an ongoing NCAA investigation into violations former booster and Ponzi scheme conspirator Nevin Shapiro alleged against the university in statements given in August 2011. The violations occurred under previous head coaches Larry Coker and Randy Shannon, but Al Golden, hired in December 2010, is paying the penance.

Said the university’s official 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.

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.

The absence of Miami from the ACC championship muddles an already murky outlook for the conference. Because 10-1 Clemson shares a division with 10-1 Florida, it cannot play for the title. Georgia Tech earned its bowl eligibility just last week.

Miami’s bowl ban gives the Coastal two ineligible teams near the top — North Carolina is serving a mandatory one-year postseason ban for NCAA violations.

Should Georgia Tech lose to Georgia this weekend, it would go into the title game 6-6. A loss to Florida State would drop the Yellow Jackets below .500. Last year, UCLA had to petition for a special bowl game exemption after the same happened to it. The Bruins represented the Pac-12 South in lieu of ineligible USC in the first Pac-12 title game. Thanks to @gapanther for the tip.

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach tries to make sense of the situation:

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