Earlier today, Heather and I discussed one of the hottest topics of conversation in the ACC this week:
Should Miami self-impose a bowl ban for this season, negating any shot at the conference championship game and a bowl?
There is no question this is going to be a tough decision. Interim athletic director Blake James has suggested this is a call the university will most likely make once Miami clinches bowl eligibility. The Hurricanes need one more win to become bowl eligible, and to win their final two ACC games (at Virginia, at Duke) to clinch a berth in the ACC title game.
Coach Al Golden says he will stay out of the decision-making process.
"This is not something that I’m involved in, both for the protection of the investigation and because the issues occurred before my arrival,” Golden said the day after Miami beat Virginia Tech last week. "My job right now is to get my team to win the Coastal. ... We’re not an excuses team and I’m certainly not going to allow those excuses to creep in."
Remember, Coastal leader North Carolina is already serving a one-year postseason ban so the Tar Heels are ineligible. If Miami goes down the same path, then the most likely Coastal representative will be either Duke, Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech -- all three currently have three conference losses each. Virginia is still mathematically in the race, believe it or not. Heather will bring you the multiple (and head-splitting) divisional scenarios tomorrow.
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