For the second straight season, the Miami Hurricanes have self-imposed a postseason ban. The school is currently under NCAA investigation for improprieties related to former booster Nevin Shapiro.
As a result of the ban, Miami will not be eligible for the ACC Championship Game or a bowl game this season. The Hurricanes would have won the ACC Coastal Division with a win over Duke on Saturday.
Miami is currently 6-5 overall and 4-3 in the ACC. The Canes will now play their final game of the 2012 season on Saturday at Duke (12:30 p.m. ET, ACC Network/ESPN3).
The 2012 ACC Championship Game is now set with Florida State, the Atlantic Division winner, taking on Georgia Tech, who qualifies for the game by virtue of a tiebreaker.
Here is the official statement on the ban from Miami:
The unprecedented decision to voluntarily withhold the football team from a second consecutive postseason was made by University leadership, including President Shalala, the Office of the General Counsel and Department of Athletics leaders. 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.
No other self-imposed penalties have been issued at this time and to continue to protect the integrity of the inquiry, the University will have no further comment.