For the second year in a row, the Miami Hurricanes demolished South Florida on Saturday for their sixth win of the year, earning the chance to play in a postseason bowl. And for the second year in a row, the Canes followed the win with a Monday morning announcement that the team will voluntarily skip bowl games as a self-imposed penalty over the Nevin Shapiro scandal.
Today's news means this weekend's tussle with Duke -- a game that could have earned the Canes a spot in the ACC Championship contest -- just got a lot less interesting.
The Canes, who are now 6-5 on the season, announced the voluntary ban just before practice this morning on the Coral Gables campus.
By self-imposing postseason bans two years in a row, UM is hoping to lessen the impact of the Shapiro scandal, which, incredibly, the NCAA is still investigating almost two years after the Ponzi schemer's links to the athletic department came to light.
If it seems dumb to ban yourself from a bowl game -- particularly for infractions that occurred under a previous coach and previous AD involving athletes long gone from campus -- well, yeah, it is kind of ridiculous. But such is life in the NCAA.
And for a cautionary tale of what can happen by not penalizing yourself when a fairly minor bowl is probably all that's on the line, just take a look at Ohio State this year.
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The Buckeyes are now 11-0 and would almost certainly be part of the national championship discussion -- except that they decided not to impose a ban last year when they went to the Gator Bowl (yawn) and lost the game.
A scandal involving former players trading autographs and memorabilia for tattoos was hanging over the school, so they imposed a ban before this season started. And they may have cost themselves a national title shot as a result.
The Canes may have cost themselves a shot at toppling Florida State for the ACC crown with this morning's news, but let's be honest: That would be one hell of a long shot considering FSU's dominance this year.