University of Miami Trying to Avoid a Hurricane from the NCAA
University of Miami school officials announced Monday that the school and its Athletic Department are making a decision to self-impose a post-season ban for the second year in a row. This ends any chance for the Hurricanes to play in the ACC Championship game or in a potential bowl game as well.
This is all relating to the ongoing NCAA investigation into the University stemming from allegations of former booster Nevin Shapiro who is currently in prison on a Ponzi Scheme conviction.
The hopes of the University and their football program is that by self-imposing a postseason ban for the second consecutive year the NCAA will see how serious they took the allegations and in turn not lay down the hammer as some college football analysts have predicted.
As a huge Miami Hurricane fan myself, I am at peace with this decision.
Although Miami football has become relevant again this year and with a win vs. Duke this weekend, they could've found themselves in the ACC Championship Game, I am all for trying to avoid a potential "Death Penalty" from the NCAA.
Eventually when the investigation concludes there will be scholarship reductions and probation terms. However, by getting a head of the curve and self-imposing sanctions will almost guarantee lesser sanctions and hopefully draw a lesser set of penalties.
Miami certainly isn't in the clear, nor should they be.
They created a culture for a while that showed the University's lack of institutional control. However, their up front attitude and actions since then should be held into consideration and by removing themselves from the postseason again this year is the right step toward moving in the right direction.