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No bowl-ban decision yet from Miami Hurricanes

 

UM did not announce a decision on a possible bowl ban Sunday. Coach Al Golden said it is ‘business as usual’ for all of his players.

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The University of Miami did not announce a decision Sunday on whether it would impose a bowl ban this season for the second consecutive year.

Last season, the Canes self-imposed a bowl ban the day after they qualified, in anticipation of expected NCAA sanctions in the case involving former UM booster Nevin Shapiro. University officials hoped the ban would lessen any NCAA-imposed penalties.

But a year later, Miami still has not received its Notice of Allegations in that case from the NCAA, which would precede any penalties by several months.

“As I said [Saturday] night,” UM football coach Al Golden said Sunday in his weekly game-follow teleconference, “when the university administration and president [Donna] Shalala make a determination or make a decision, they’ll inform me and we’ll move on at that point. But I have no decision at this time.

“As far as what we’re doing down here in football, we’re just getting ready to play Duke.”

The Hurricanes (6-5, 4-3 ACC) qualified for a bowl by defeating USF 40-9 on Saturday. If the Canes defeat Duke (6-5, 3-4) in the season finale Nov. 24 in Durham, N.C., they would win their first ACC Coastal Division crown.

If Miami announces another bowl ban, it would also prevent the Hurricanes from playing in the ACC title game.

Golden said he didn’t know when he would learn of the administration’s decision.

Mike Finn, the ACC’s associate commissioner for football communications, told The Miami Herald on Sunday that there is no set deadline for notifying the conference of the decision, “but the sooner the better” because it could affect the ACC Championship lineup.

Finn also said the ACC hasn’t finalized how it will handle bowl-revenue distribution should the Hurricanes self-impose without the league filling all eight of its bowl slots.

Golden acknowledged that any coach would love to keep playing, if possible, and get in the extra 20 or so days of practice that would precede an ACC title game and bowl. But he reiterated that he trusts the decision making of UM president Donna Shalala and her advisors.

“It’s really not about what I feel,” Golden said. “There’s not one coach sitting in this chair that wouldn’t want to continue to get the bowl practices and move the team forward and have a chance to win more games. But that’s just taking football into account. That’s not really talking about the long-term thinking or those types of things. Anything that’s going to allow us to move faster and choose the best path for the program, I’m all on board with.”

Golden said he had a “brief conversation” Sunday with interim athletic director Blake James. “He just wants to make sure that he knows that we’re all thinking about it and that we’re trying to move forward. As soon as we get word we’ll make sure we release it.”

Among the Hurricanes players, Golden said: “It’s business as usual. It’s been like this all year. The team has been great from that respect. They know what’s at stake this week against Duke and everybody is taking care of the things they need to take care of — the treatment schedule, study hall, doing all the little things.”

TEAM NEWS

In other UM football news, Golden said the Canes seemed to come out OK injury-wise from the USF game. He said he got a “good health report” Sunday involving cornerback Ladarius Gunter, who was hurt early in the game. He also said linebacker Gionni Paul (knee) “has been cleared. Everything looked good this morning and he had a great attitude.”

Regarding disciplinary action, Golden said receiver Rashawn Scott is still suspended indefinitely, but freshman linebacker Gabe Terry, who plays mostly on special teams, has been reinstated.

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