“We will continue to support Miami’s efforts during the ongoing NCAA inquiry, including its institutional decision to withhold the football program from postseason competition,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. “There is no higher priority than integrity and compliance within the rules.”
Miami clearly hopes that a pair of postseason bans, especially when the Hurricanes still had a chance at a Bowl Championship Series berth this year, helps its cause with the NCAA. Whenever the process ends, sanctions against the football and men’s basketball programs are expected, with penalties likely to include probation terms and scholarship reductions.
“We’re going to get our goals accomplished,” Golden said. “We lose one senior starter on offense and one on defense. We’re going to add 15 or 16 new faces. That’s going to be the nucleus of the Miami Hurricanes going forward.”
And Golden reaffirmed his commitment to Miami on Monday, saying he’s “not in the business of searching for another job right now.” He believes the Hurricanes are truly closing in on becoming a program that can again contend for college football’s biggest prizes.
“I can see the end. I can see what we’re going to become,” Golden said.
It’s the first time since the 1981 and 1982 seasons that Miami will go consecutive years without a bowl trip. In 1983, the Hurricanes won the school’s first of five national championships.
Schools that do not self-impose things like bowl bans when facing NCAA investigations often regret that decision. Most recently, Ohio State _ still unbeaten _ chose not to ban itself from a bowl last season, before the NCAA handed down punishments for the memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal. Instead of being in the mix for a BCS berth, and possibly a shot at the national title, the Buckeyes’ season will end this weekend.
“We needed to do what’s best for the University of Miami program, and we’re confident this is what’s best for the University of Miami program at this point,” James said.
University President Donna Shalala and the school’s legal counsel were also involved in making the decision.
“Considerable deliberation and discussion based on the status of the NCAA inquiry went into the decision-making process,” the university said in a statement, which also said the school “has already taken proactive measures to ensure more strict compliance with NCAA rules and continues to evaluate further steps.”
Miami still has a championship game of sorts waiting. If the Hurricanes beat Duke, they will finish tied for first in the Coastal and could call themselves co-champions. That alone would provide a boost heading into 2013.
“We’re here as a family,” Morris said. “We’ve faced a lot of adversity here at this university. Something that was done a couple years ago affects us right now, but that’s what men have got to do. We’ve got to step up.”