Miami NCAA Investigation: Canes Skipping 2011 Bowl Game

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Al Golden of the Miami Hurricanes watches the players warm up prior to the game against the Virginia Cavaliers on October 27, 2011 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Miami football won't be going to a bowl game this year, the school announced Sunday afternoon.

The Miami Hurricanes have made the decision to forego a bowl game this season due to the NCAA's investigation into the Nevin Shapiro scandal. Feels stupid calling anything a "scandal" in the wake of Penn State, but we only have so many words. The Nevin Shapiro adventure. That's probably more like it.

Here's the program's complete statement:

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. 

We understand and share the disappointment that our student-athletes, coaches, staff, supporters and fans are feeling but after lengthy discussions among University leaders, athletic administrators and outside counsel, it is a necessary step for our University. The University of Miami has not self-imposed any other penalties.  

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.  
To continue to protect the integrity of the inquiry, the University will not comment further at this time.     

The Canes were in line for a lower-tier ACC bowl, and likely one far away from south Florida, so U fans won't miss out on too much. Our latest bowl projections put them in the Independence against Wyoming. Removing them from the equation would likely open things up for a non-ACC school to take the conference's Kraft Fight Hunger bid, which was in turn borrowed from another conference.

The Canes have yet to announce any other self-imposed penalties.

For more on the U, visit Miami blog The 7th Floor.

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