That’s because the Hurricanes, who control the ACC Coastal Division race, may self-impose a bowl ban for the second consecutive year. Such a ban, designed to lessen future
Long-term implications notwithstanding, self-imposing this year makes no sense to me on two fronts.
One, unlike last year when they self-imposed, the Hurricanes (5-4, 4-2 ACC) are poised to reach the conference championship contest, this for the first time in their nine ACC seasons. All they need to do is win at
Two, denying this team the chance to compete for the ACC title might nudge second-year coach Al Golden toward one of the suitors bound to courting him this offseason.
As last year, the decision rests with university president Donna Shalala. But complicating this call is the school's vacant athletic director's chair – Shawn Eichorst recently bailed for more stability and money at Nebraska.
Interim AD Blake James told the AP that Miami will inform the ACC of its decision as soon as it becomes bowl-eligible. The Hurricanes need one more victory to qualify for postseason and play Saturday at
On the off chance the Hurricanes do self-impose, the Coastal race would come down to Virginia Tech (4-5, 2-3), Duke (6-4, 3-3) and
If Virginia Tech loses Thursday to
The Tar Heels (6-3, 3-2) are the class of the Coastal but are ineligible because of NCAA sanctions.
A 6-6 Hokies team in the ACC championship game would be similar to
Already chafed by this discouraging season, Virginia Tech fans aren't about to pony up en masse for the ACC championship game or subsequent bowl. Given ticket prices, travel costs and the Hokies' record, hard to blame them.
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