Opinions vary as to whether Miami should self impose a post-season ban should the Hurricanes get that coveted sixth victory and qualify for a bowl.
But if the Hurricanes do qualify as early as a week from Saturday, when they play Virginia in Charlottesville, UM’s announcement – should the Canes decide to skip another bowl game in hopes of lessening potential sanctions in their pending NCAA case – could come soon after the game.
“If I remember right, we made the decision last year after we became bowl eligible,” UM acting athletic director Blake James told The Miami Herald on Friday. “I think that would be the plan.
“You address the situations as they occur.”
Last year, Miami made its announcement the day after it qualified for a bowl with a victory Nov. 19 at South Florida in Tampa.
The Canes are 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference after defeating Virginia Tech 30-12 Thursday. They could clinch the conference’s Coastal Division if they defeat Virginia (2-6), and if Duke (6-3) loses Saturday to No. 10 Clemson and loses Nov. 17 at Georgia Tech.
UM also would win the Coastal if it beats Virginia, then Duke in the season finale in Durham, N.C., on Nov. 24.
Winning the Coastal Division would qualify the Canes for the ACC Championship game Dec. 1 in Charlotte. Should the Canes play in the ACC title game, win or lose they would have to go to a bowl game.
The conference champion earns a berth in the Discover Orange Bowl, a Bowl Championship Series game. The Canes would share in the ACC bowl money pool even if they don’t play in the conference title game.
James said “a collective group,” headed by UM president Donna Shalala, would make the decision. “Myself, President Shalala, our outside counsel, our inside counsel – those involved with the NCAA case – are going to make a decision based on what’s best for our program’s long-term success.”
Coach Al Golden will play no part in the decision, both Blake and Golden said.
“Just as I said last year, and as I’ve been saying all along,” Golden said Friday, “this is not something that I’m involved in both for the protection of the investigation and because the issues occurred before my arrival. So I’m not privy to any of the information of the joint inquiry. …My job right now is to get this team to win the Coastal.”
When asked if he expected the NCAA’s notice of allegations (the document “that outlines the rules the institution is alleged to have broken and describes the facts of the case,” according to the NCAA website) to arrive around the end of the season, James said he couldn’t comment on the investigation.
“That’s something we’ve stayed away from and I need to continue to go down those roads,” James said. “But what I will say is I’m looking forward to this process playing out, and obviously we will move forward and comment as soon as we can.”
Some UM day-after-victory injury notes, per Golden:
Linebacker Denzel Perryman “tweaked” an injury “that occurred in an upper pads practice, kind of a freak thing,” but he is expected to practice beginning Tuesday.
The status of safety Deon Bush (stinger) was unknown as of Friday morning. “I don’t have any information on Deon.”