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Miami withdraws from bowl consideration

Posted on: November 20, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2011 5:16 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer and Chip Patterson

Despite qualifying with Saturday's win over South Florida, Miami has made the decision to remove themselves from bowl consideration this season in response to the ongoing NCAA inquiry into the Nevin Shapiro allegations. The school has informed both the NCAA and the ACC of its decision.

We understand and share the disappointment that our student-athletes, coaches, staff, supporters and fans are feeling 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.

Athletic Director Shawin Eichorst and head coach Al Golden addressed the decision briefly in a teleconference on Sunday afternoon. Eichorst informed Golden of the school's decision early Sunday afternoon, and further meetings with the coaches and players followed.

"Needless to say it was one of the toughest decisions I've been a part of, and one of the toughest meetings delivering this message to these great young men," Eichorst explained. "Much like the decision we made with the eligibility of one of our student athletes in basketball, these are institutional decisions. Head coach Al Golden and Jim Larranaga are not a part of these decisions. They were not here when these matters occurred, and they are not a part of the joint inquiry."

When Al Golden began to address the player's reaction, you could tell the first-year head coach hurt for his senior class. He explained how the seniors were one of the first groups to "buy in" to Golden and his staff when they assembled at Miami, now those players will play their final game in a Miami uniform on Friday against Boston College. With the game nationally televised, Golden suggested that the seniors very likely could treat the contest as their bowl game. He said they could use the game as a "chance to show the country we've changed."

"I'm disappointed. I believe it's the right decision, and I'm 100 percent behind the decision made by President Shalala and Shawn [Eichorst]," Golden said in his opening remarks. "I'm disappointed, I think the team's disappointed, but we're going to have a great attitude and move forward with intensity and prepare to play a great game on Friday."

For many of the Hurricanes' seniors this will be their first season without a bowl game. Miami reached bowl eligibility for three straight years from 2008-2010, although they went 0-3 in those bowl games. Senior quarterback Jacory Harris mentioned the possibility missing a bowl game in his postgame comments on Saturday, expressing the hope that the administration allows Miami to participate.

"I hope we go," Harris said after Miami's 6-3 win against South Florida.  "I'm a senior, it's my last shot." 

No players were made available for comment on Sunday after the announcement.

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Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:59 pm

Can you say shady?

How's this formula for success?  You have a crappy, sub-par season and you'd rather not play in the bowl so you call it a season early and hope for better luck next year...sounds like a win win situation for me.  Where's the punishment?

As an Ohio State fan, I would much prefer that our team forego the illustrious and vaunted bowl in exchange for a year off any bowl ban - it's time we take a page from the book of the NCAA violation experts!

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: November 21, 2011 12:53 pm

Miami withdraws from bowl consideration

OSU should do this too.  Might as well not go to a bowl in a season that they stink.  then maybe the ncaa will only slap 1 more or finger crossed zero additional bowl bans.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 12:19 pm

Miami withdraws from bowl consideration

Why,do you want to trade them for SEC tickets? What 2 for 1 like you wanted Pitt and WV to schedule game with you? Are you hidding in cognito behing the  Stanford S? I know your from PSU. The big sucks.

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:51 am

Miami withdraws from bowl consideration

Good move Miami.  Ohio State, follow suit.

oh please, miami did this becase they know they're gonna get hammered. what miami did what 100 times worse than ohio state. and still it wasn't as bad as penn st. but ohio state has taken way more action on themselves than miami. Reducing scholarships puting themselves on probation vacating wins and the sugar bowl victory. Ohio state did all of that to themselves. OOOOOO miami removed themselves from bowl contention. Wow, they're a regular jesus. Please dude stop comparing thug u to ohio state. At least we have integrity. Miami pays for football players abortions. They should be given the dealth penalty for 80 players over 10 seasons. Thats a lot of victories to take away. In this particular scenario i say screw the four year limit go after all ten years and put that school on its knees showing it some discipline.

Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:35 am

Miami withdraws from bowl consideration

They are also a team that didn't look like they'd win even 6 games.  The kids did that and I see no reason to punish them over the other allegations in a pr play against the NCAA.  Are there better options for a bowl game?  Sure, absolutely.  But at least give them the right to fill the slot if selected which they earned on the field.  And they've not yet lost that 6th game honestly.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:02 am

Miami withdraws from bowl consideration

This was the smart play.  Miami was going to a tier 3 bowl at best.  This way, tyeh ave shown remorse over what has happened.  The USC men's basketball program did the same thing and received no further punishment as far as post season bans were concerned.  If Ohio State is smart, they would do the same thing.  They are a 5 loss team, and staring at loss #6 this Saturday.  They will go to some 3rd tier bowl.  They constantly try to discipline themselves.  A move like this would go a long way in helping their cause.  Good move Miami.  Ohio State, follow suit.

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 9:50 am

Miami withdraws from bowl consideration

well..ain't that a disappointment..and I was looking forward to Miami/Arkansas State game in the THUG BOWL. Now..that being said,even that is better than a Big 10 game

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 9:33 am
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Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:47 am

Miami withdraws from bowl consideration

I disagree, Shalala's got to go!!! this was on her watch, theres the door!

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 7:39 am

Miami withdraws from bowl consideration

Additionally,why is Al Golden always the last to know?

jdvernell:  You realize Golden cannot be informed or consulted for an investigation he is not part of from the start right?  Does not matter if he is the head coach at the University that an investigation is taking place, it would be considered breaking the law and/or a violation under NCAA guidelines.  Hence the reason he says "I am learning things as you are" in the press.  

 Shalala had wornout her welcome in Miami.

Miami would not be where it is today if it was not for President Shalala institution wise.  A rogue booster that was a jock sniffer does not hold a flame to what she has done in a positive respect for the U.   

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