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ACC chief John Swofford: Self-imposed penalties should be a factor with NCAA

 
 
Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford speaks to the media during the ACC Media Day in Greensboro, N.C. on July 21, 2013.
Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford speaks to the media during the ACC Media Day in Greensboro, N.C. on July 21, 2013.
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Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford spoke out strongly Sunday in support of the University of Miami’s efforts in handling its NCAA hearing last month, but he tempered his enthusiasm by admitting that nothing really would “shock” him when UM’s penalties are levied.

Swofford sat through the 16 1/2 hours of talks over two days in mid-June at an Indianapolis hotel and said then that he believed “the sheer length of the investigation has been a penalty in itself.”

The NCAA is expected to announce its penalties in the UM case involving former booster Nevin Shapiro sometime in August, if not sooner.

On Sunday, when asked by the Miami Herald if he believes that giving up two bowl games in successive years and ultimately the 2012 ACC title game as well, was significant enough in terms of bowl-game punishment, Swofford said it was “very significant.”

“What they have self-imposed is as significant as anything that I’ve ever seen, and that case was made to the NCAA Committee [on Infractions],” Swofford said. “I don’t recall a school taking itself out of two years of bowls” — including the 2012 ACC title game “that was an opportunity for it to win an ACC championship and play in the Orange Bowl in a BCS game. So, what they’ve done has been very strong and very significant, and I hope that’s the way the infractions committee will look at it.”

And what about the shock factor should UM be penalized another bowl game? Most do not expect that to happen.

“I don’t know if much of anything shocks me with that type thing,” he said. “I would be surprised, and I’d be disappointed.”

Swofford praised the UM representatives at the hearing, including outside counsel Mike Glazier, for handling the situation “extraordinarily well.”

“I would hope that whatever is coming from the NCAA will come before the season starts,” he said. “I would be very disappointed if that’s not the case.”

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