On Sunday afternoon, the University of Miami issued a press release stating that they are self-imposing a bowl ban on the Hurricane football team for the 2011 postseason. Miami began the season under new head coach Al Golden embroiled in NCAA investigations. The glare of the media turned on Coral Gables after a damaging report from Charles Robinson of Yahoo! sports detailed rampant NCAA violations and impermissible benefits from booster, and source for the story, Nevin Shapiro.
On Sunday, Miami issued its first self-imposed penalty since the story came out.
The University of Miami has made the decision to withhold the UM football team from bowl consideration following the 2011 regular season in response to the ongoing NCAA inquiry and has informed both the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference of its decision...The team was informed of the decision earlier today and is in preparations for their final game of the season. As we stated in August, the University of Miami maintains the highest standards in our academic and athletic endeavors and we will remain steadfast in our commitment to building winning programs with the utmost of integrity. We will be more vigilant in our compliance efforts and continue to work cooperatively with the NCAA on the joint inquiry to determine the true facts.
There have been few other details about possible sanctions, self-imposed or otherwise, until today. The Hurricanes (6-5) became bowl eligible on Saturday after a rousing 6-3 win over the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium.