Do I hear eight Miami Hurricanes football players ineligible? I hear eight. Do I hear 12? I hear 12. Do I hear 13 Miami Hurricanes football players ineligible? ESPN.com's Heather Dinich hears 13. Sold!
The number can't grow much higher, as only 15 total athletes had eligibility issues in the first place, according to president Donna Shalala. So at least we're almost done as far as escalation goes. No specific players were named this time around.
The move by Miami is to go ahead and declare players ineligible well in advance of the team's first game in hopes of giving the NCAA plenty of time to declare them otherwise. For a successful application of the tactic, see Auburn's brief shelving of Cam Newton last year.
Mainly, you don't want to have the NCAA do the declaring ineligible for you.